After months of hearing blogs like Sixeyes and LHB rave about Jens Lekman, I finally got around to listening. For starters I gave his new album, Oh You’re So Silent, Jens, a couple spins at WRFL and was highly impressed. He’s got quite a few songs on there that remind me of the Magnetic Fields or the Lucksmiths.
MP3: Jens Lekman – You Are the Light (By Which I Travel Into This and That)
Aside from having a slightly overactive horn section, this song has some wonderful lyrics. Upon repeated listenings, I’m convinced that this might as well have been a rejected tune from 69 Love Songs. Jens not only gets darn close to Stephin Merritt’s unnaturally good singing ability, but his songwriting’s not too shabby either.
MP3: Jens Lekman – Black Cab
As I said in the intro, I’m convinced that this is what a Lucksmiths/Magnetic Fields union would sound like. Jens isn’t afraid to use stomping drums and light guitar at the same time, and it really pays off.