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The appeal of Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman has often been described in terms of his apparent lack of appeal. His signature baritone is slightly nasal and far from classically accomplished, and his arrangements borrow recklessly from 20th century pop — both canonized and disreputable. In any given Jens Lekman song, you’re as likely to hear… More »

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Progress Report: Lekman chats about his long-awaited new record, I Know What Love Isn’t.

It’s been five long years since Swedish charmer Jens Lekman put out a record, but this fall he finally returns with I Know What Love Isn’t, an aptly-titled breakup record in the classic tradition. O… More »

This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the… More »

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Jens Lekman – “Postcard #3″

Jens Lekman is apparently serious about his plan to write, record, and post a new song every week for the next year, and if they keep turning out the way they’ve been turning out, that’s a great thing. We’ll keep posting them for as long as they keep ruling. We’ve posted the first two song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 15, 2015 - 5:17 pm

Jens Lekman – “Postcard #2″

Last week, Jens Lekman announced that he would be posting one song a week for the next year: “While working on my next album, I will sit down once a week, write down my thoughts, turn them into a song and share it with you directly. Think of these little songs as postcards. Little greeting… More »

By: James Rettig / January 9, 2015 - 11:01 am

Jens Lekman – “Postcard #1″

Talk about a New Year’s resolution: “While working on my next album, I will sit down once a week, write down my thoughts, turn them into a song and share it with you directly. Think of these little songs as postcards. Little greetings from me to you.” Jens Lekman wrote that in a letter earlier… More »

By: James Rettig / January 2, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Hear Three New Jens Lekman Songs On His WWJD Mixtape

Remember that episode of Seinfeld in which George decides to do the opposite of what his instincts tell him, and the approach results in massive personal success? Jens Lekman is getting at the same ideas on “WWJD,” one of three new songs he shared today as part of a new mixtape, which is about revising… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 2, 2014 - 11:28 am

Shout Out Louds – “14th Of July (Jens Lekman Remix)”

Earlier this year, the slick Swedish new wavers Shout Out Louds released their new album Optica, and now their countryman Jens Lekman has reworked “14th Of July,” one shinier of its tracks. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that Lekman has made the song sound like one of his own, adding whimsical soft-pop string… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 13, 2013 - 2:13 pm

Jens Lekman – “Regarding A Package”

A forthcoming issue of the New York arts and culture magazine Esopus will come packaged with a new compilation, and the magazine has asked the artists in question to write songs “inspired by a customer service experience.” The comp includes songs from Dirty Beaches, Richard Swift, Black Pus, Cakes Da Killa, and the charmingly specific… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 23, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Jens Lekman – “Olivia & Maddy”

Jens Lekman has released a freebie called “Olivia & Maddy.” The track is inspired by all the help he and his pianist, Jonas, received after Jonas got stuck in New York during Superstorm Sandy — which fell two days before the kick-off of Lekman’s west coast tour. From his website:

I asked if… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 9, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Jens Lekman, Taken By Trees, Big Search @ Fonda Theater, Hollywood 11/6/12

The Swedes continue to invade America as charm-pop specialist Jens Lekman stopped by the Fonda Theater in Hollywood in support of his latest album, I Know What Love Isn’t. Lekman was in good spirits, congratulating the audience on the Obama victory and injecting his usual anecedotes before some songs. Fellow countrywoman Victoria Bergsman provided support… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / November 7, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Watch Jens Lekman Play Fallon

Last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Swede-pop singer-songwriter Jens Lekman made his first-ever American TV appearance. He played “I Know What Love Isn’t,” the title track from his new album, and he wore a hat that he should really consider never, ever wearing again. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 10, 2012 - 11:26 am

Jens Lekman – “Become Someone Else’s” Video

Thus far, Jens Lekman has released three music videos for songs from his new album I Know What Love Isn’t, and he’s worked with director Marcus Söderlund on all three of them. They’ve all shown Lekman singing his songs in vaguely unlikely occasions, all filmed in gentle and unobstructed long tracking shots. The lush and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 1, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Stream Jens Lekman I Know What Love Isn’t

Jens Lekman hasn’t released a new full-length album since 2007’s Night Falls Over Kortedala, but that changes next week, when the introspective and funny Swedish indie-pop crooner unleashes his new LP I Know What Love Isn’t on the world. We’ve already posted the videos for the title track and “Erica America,” and now the entire… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 28, 2012 - 10:05 am

Jens Lekman – “I Know What Love Isn’t” Video

Jens Lekman’s recent “Erica America” video was a single shot that started with a tight close-up on the singer-songwriter before gradually roaming around and showing the rest of Lekman’s band playing the song in a gray room somewhere. We recently posted video of Lekman singing the lush and self-deprecating “I Know What Love Isn’t” live,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 10, 2012 - 10:44 am

Watch Jens Lekman Perform “I Know What Love Isn’t”

In a recent Progress Report, Jens Lekman keyed us into what he was going for with his forthcoming I Know What Love Isn’t:… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 20, 2012 - 10:54 am

Jens Lekman – “Erica America” Video

“Summer is exhausting me with its exhaust fumes and empty promises.” Jens Lekman’s new album is called I Know What Love Isn’t, and its first single “Erica America” is true to that title: meet Jens 2K12, an elegant and articulate bummed-out human. When Lekman showed showed up at Williamsburg’s McCarren Park for his Northside set… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 26, 2012 - 9:58 am

Northside 2012 In Photos

Northside registered some memorable moments this year, from Kitty Pryde living the meme at Knitting Factory to a sold out Cameo Lounge for Stereogum’s showcase (hat tip to Guards, for winning the night — and the fest’s — breakout act honors). Photographer wagz2it roved the north Williamsburgian terrain and assembled a spread of photos for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 18, 2012 - 5:06 pm

Jens Lekman – “Erica America”

After a long time away, the great Swedish indie-popper Jens Lekman returned last year with his An Argument With Myself EP, but he still hasn’t released an album since 2007’s Night Falls Over Kortedala. He’ll finally follow that one up in September with the just-announced new LP I Know What Love Isn’t. The first song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 7, 2012 - 10:38 am

Jens Lekman – “I Don’t Know What To Do With This Information”

Swedish indie-popper Jens Lekman recently recorded an acoustic in-studio session for BBC Radio 1. During the session, Lekman played three new songs, including recent favorites “Waiting For Kirsten” and “I Want A Pair Of Cowboy Boots.” But the real news is that Lekman led off with a typically pretty new track called “I Don’t Know… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2011 - 11:00 am

Watch Jen Lekman’s Acoustic Tiny Desk Concert

The perma-charming Swedish indie-pop big dog Jens Lekman is the latest participant in NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts video series. In the video below, he plays acoustic versions of three songs, including the ridiculously enjoyable “Waiting For Kirsten,” while Addison Rogers, his lumberjack-looking drummer, sings backup. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 7, 2011 - 3:53 pm
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