There are those that subscribe to the belief that indie pop music was born in the releases of Scottish record label Postcard Records (i.e. Josef K, Orange Juice, and Aztec Camera), and to some extent that is where the home of pure pop music remains, as evidenced by more recent bands like Belle and Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, and Camera Obscura. But somewhere in that bustling period from 1981 to today, indie pop found a second home. Sweden, despite its distance, and with many thanks to the internet, has had a huge outpour of both excellent and excellently-received albums. Some of my personal favourite artists include Peter Bjorn and John, Love Is All, The Concretes, and Shout Out Louds.
Today I’m going to focus my energy on my newest favourite Swedish release. Jens (pronounced “Yawns” or “Yens”, not quite sure which) Lekman’s Night Falls Over Kortedala, is an album I would usually refer to as my favourite album of the year. However, I’ve stopped using that moniker as I tend to have several “favourite albums of the year” making it very clear that I am either confused or a liar. All will become clear once the end of year bests are published on Ca Va Cool. So what I mean to say is that I love Jens Lekman, and that at one period in time this year, a period which may not have ended yet, this was/is my favourite album.
Sounding as if a humble eukele player was given unlimited access to an orchestra, Jens Lekman’s second LP Night Falls Over Kortedala is both understated and overstated at the same time. The core of the songs rest in Lekman’s Jonathan Richman-esque delivery: witty tales of insecurity with a romantic twist. But then each of the songs is expanded to their climactic limit with instruments from varying genres (i.e. R&B, Salsa, Classical). Definitely worth more than just a listen, and if you like what you hear, check out “A Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill” and “Black Cab”.
The music video for “Sipping on Sweet Nectar.”
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