Jens Lekman

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.

Jens Lekman on Myspace

BONUS MP3: Jens Lekman – Tram #7 to Heaven
BONUS MP3: Pants Yell! – Tram #7 to Heaven (Jens Lekman)

7 thoughts on “Jens Lekman”

  1. I’m really into the new Lekman album, but I can’t get over the fact that the phrase “You Are the Light (By Which I Travel Into This and That)” was actually lifted from the amazingly fantastic poetry book by David Berman (of the Silver Jews) called “Actual Air”. I try not to hold it against Lekman, though. He appologized and seems to have really plagerized the line by accident. Anyway, check out “Actual Air” if you have a chance. It is truly beautiful.

  2. I have been listening to Jens Lekman for more than a year now, and I love every bit of what I hear by this guy.
    There’s a rumour that Jens is not going to be releasing anymore albums, but I’m not really sure about it.

  3. “Black Cab” totally lifts the main melody from the Left Banke’s “I’ve Got Something on my Mind” – listen here, not that I’m complaining since they’re both excellent songs.

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