Tonight’s Concert Pick: Jens Lekman at The Philadelphia Ethical Society

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The title track off of Jens Lekman’s latest EP,  An Argument With Myself, has one of the most unusual lyrical arrangements of any Lekman song ever—primarily because, as the title suggests, he’s talking to himself the entire time. Fans adore the Swedish-born Lekman for his clever and unconventional lyricism, and “An Argument With Myself” is no exception: the whole song depicts a scrappy mental battle in which Jens fights himself while saying things such as, “OK, you wanna keep fighting?/Yeah, I wanna keep on fighting/All right, fair enough.” Arguing persists throughout the rest of the song, but ultimately Jens speaks of a unifying love that seems to bring peace. Musically, the arrangement is eclectic pop involving upbeat horns, steady percussion, and various strings. This one track sets the precedent for Jens’ newest EP; fortunately, those who revere Jen’s writing will not be disappointed as the rest of the tracks follow lyrical suit. Jens Lekman performs with Geoffrey O’Connor at 8 pm at The Philadelphia Ethical Society; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT. —Caitlyn Grabenstein

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