Jens Lekman – February 2013
“Lekman borrows liberally from his memories and surroundings, then uses them to create a lush and romantic world worth misinterpreting again and again.”
“Hopelessly romantic, lovely, pithily observant tunes, but Lekman and band draw on a wider range of music than the typical winsome singer-songwriter.”
– The Guardian
Via Gothenburg, Sweden, singer and storyteller Jens Lekman will make his first official tour of Australia in as long as we remember, bringing his gorgeous world of witty pop back to our shores this February.
With an endless palette of strings, samples and keys, Jens and his full band will perform a special Valentine’s Day show at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory, headlining dates at Brisbane’s Zoo, on Melbourne’s Garden Party and at the Perth International Arts Festival.
Across thirteen EPs and three albums, Jens Lekman has made hopeless romantics of us all. Repurposing for his own oeuvre the world’s great lost pop hooks, he has breathed melody into tales of bushfires and break-ups, Kirsten Dunst and avocados, sham marriages and drive-in bingo – his contagious deadpan and rapturous orchestration serving up life at its most heartbreaking, loving and absurd.
His first full-length in over five years, the newly released I Know What Love Isn’t uses string-kissed chamber-pop to tell of love from the flipside. Written and recorded between Melbourne and Gothenburg, it features Australian vocalists Sophia Brous – his duet partner on ‘Erica America’, and Kellie Sutherland of Architecture in Helsinki.
“The indie-pop, disco, and found sounds that have always informed his work remain, and his melodies are as distinct and unshakable as ever.”
– The AV Club
Having celebrated his 500th show in London this September, Jens’ live performances are entwined with stories, joyous and intimate. Performing from I Know What Love Isn’t for the first time, Jens Lekman and his tenderly illustrated universe make their very welcomed Australian return.