This, people, is the post I have been waiting for. It’s no secret that I love me some Swedes and even less of a secret that I adore what shall heretofore be referred to as “The Gothenburg Sound.” (see: El Perro Del Mar, Love is All, Jose Gonzalez, Detektivbyran…) Above all, though, I love me some Jens Lekman. In the world of “Lisa Likes” regulations, artists should be a little nuts, a little grounded, part innovative freak genius and part renegade throwback revisiter. Jens, for sure, is all of these things. It’s a rare day that the hype aligns with the music. Hype, meet music. Music, meet hype. You two shall surely be friends. On a personal note, Jens Lekman’s music feels connected with my recent personal history and I couldn’t be more happy–it’s wistful, charming, silly, sad, bombastic and, occasionally triumphant. We all need something to listen to for all of these moments. And I’m grateful to Mr. Lekman for making such sounds that match up with more than one of these moments at the same time. Just listen. And try to love. I really want you all to.
The Opposite of Hallelujah [MP3, 6MB, 192kbps]
Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo [MP3, 5.9MB, 192kbps]
SAM’S ORIGINAL POST (5/26/04):
This 21-year-old Swede spins hopelessly hopeful AM gold from influences as diverse as Harry Nilsson, Nico, and Morrissey. [Added 22 Dec 2004: This kid's mad prolific, be sure to check out his Department of Forgotten Songs blog where he will be posting outtakes, unreleased tracks, and other MP3 treats until his big U.S. tour in February 2005.]
You Are the Light [MP3, 3.2MB, 128kbps]
Black Cab [MP3, 5.8MB, 160kbps]
Rocky Dennis Farewell Song to the Blind Girl [MP3, 6.2MB, 160kbps]