Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson was born in Ystad, Skåne; her mother, Kärsti Stiege [sv], was a photographer, and her father, Johan Zachrisson [sv] (stage name Zilverzurfarn), is a member of the Swedish punk-reggae band Dag Vag. The family moved to Stockholm when Zachrisson was a toddler and when she was six moved to a mountaintop in Portugal where they lived for five years. The family also spent time in Lisbon and Morocco, and winters in Nepal and India. She moved to the neighborhood of Bushwick in Brooklyn, New York City, for three months when she was 19. She returned when she was 21 to record her album.