Swedish pop singer/songwriter Jens Lekman is playing at Union Transfer tonight. His third full-length album I Know What Love Isn’t, which dropped in September, surprised fans by taking a huge step away from the characteristically romantic Lekman on older records. I Know What Love Isn’t may just define the term “break-up album,” Lekman’s sad but smooth voice reminiscing over a former love. The all ages performance tonight begins at 9; more details can be found here. Watch the video for “Erica America” from I Know What Love Isn’t below.
The Swedish electronic pop outfit Taken By Trees – featuring singer Victoria Bergsman, formerly of The Concretes – is opening for Jens Lekman at Union Transfer this week, and today just released a new video for its song “Large,” the new single from its 2012 release Out of This World. The conga groove of the song is complimented by a playful poolside performance and subtly surreal footage shot on the streets of Los Angeles; check it out below. Taken by Trees and Jens Lekman play Union Transfer this Thursday, October 11, admission to the all-ages show is $1*, tickets and information are available here.
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
In anticipation of Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman’s new EP, he’s released the title song “An Argument With Myself.” The song is classic Jens: bouncy, eclectic indie pop, notable for its lyrics and instantly hummable chorus. You can download “An Argument With Myself” below via Pitchfork. The EP will be released in the U.S. September 20th. Jens plays the Philadelphia Ethical Society October 6th.