Exclusive – Lykke Li and Andrew Wyatt form a band

Pair's band Liv will be releasing new music “soon”

Pregnant singer Lykke Li
Lykke you a lot Lykke Li looks around for her new Liv bandmate.

Lykke Li and Andrew Wyatt have formed a duo together, Loaded can reveal.

Wyatt told Loaded that their band, called Liv, will be releasing the first fruits of their joint album soon.

“Liv is Lykke and I singing duets the whole time,” said Wyatt. “The album is done, and we’re going to put stuff out there pretty soon.”

The pair got to know each other after Wyatt’s band Miike Snow supported Li on their first tour in 2008.

“We’ve been friends a long time,” said Wyatt. “During that tour, Lykke and I would do a cover of Kings Of Leon’s Knocked Up, and we realised then how well our voices worked together.”

Li also duetted with Wyatt on Black Tin Box on Miike Snow’s album Happy To You in 2012.

“We’ve carried on singing together since then,” explained Wyatt, who has regularly written songs with Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. “We’ve always been tight friends since we met. I love Lykke, she’s like a sister to me. We’ve talked about doing a record together for a long time, and now we’ve finally done it.”

Li is due to give birth to her first baby in February, having announced her pregnancy with an Instagram photo in October.

Liv’s music will follow Miike Snow’s new album iii, out on March 4. Their first since Happy To You, it reunites Wyatt with Swedish bandmates Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, with Charli XCX featuring on the song For U. 

First single Heart Is Full was released in November, while the video for new single Genghis Khan was unveiled earlier this month.

Wyatt explained: “Christian now lives in Bangkok, as his wife works for the Swedish government, while Pontus is still in Stockholm. I’ve moved from New York to Los Angeles, but I’m the only member of the band who doesn’t have children.

“So half the record is me making it with Christian in Bangkok and the other half was me and Pontus in Stockholm.” A full Miike Snow interview will be on Loaded soon.

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn