Whelan’s, August 1st
Tickets €17.50 (incl booking fee) from WAV [lo-call 1890 200 078], www.tickets, City Discs, Road Records & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide
‘Pop is rarely as genuinely affecting, joyful or good as this.’ – The Guardian
‘As an album, Kortedala represents the most cohesive statement yet from an immensely talented artist whose early EPs once made him seem like a rebel against the LP form altogether. Like the Renaldo & the Loaf-sampling “Into Eternity”, it’s a record about moments (and kisses) we take with us – moments that we (or Lekman) may never have experienced: Our own Kortedala.’ 9.0, Pitchfork
After each and every record, Jens Lekman found himself a day job and swore to never return to music again. But oh how the river longs for the sea. The last two years has seen Jens collaborating with Tracey Thorn and Drew Barrymore as well as touring and finishing up new songs. And now Jens is ready to share those songs with the world. Late this summer, Jens Lekman and company will be playing new material from his follow up to 2007’s Night Falls Over Kortedala, over a week and a half long tour. He’ll be joined by a full band that he’s picked up all over the world.
Sweden’s Jens Lekman emerged from relative obscurity to quickly establish himself as the darling of the global indie-pop set, winning widespread acclaim from fans and critics for his uncommonly witty and well-crafted pop songs.
Assuming the alias Rocky Dennis (borrowed from the disfigured protagonist of the 1985 American film Mask), Lekman recorded and released a series of limited edition cd-rs beginning with 2001’s The Budgie-Album. A year later, he compiled a collection of highlights and mailed the sole copy to Secretly Canadian, but remained largely unknown until the 2003 EP Maple Leaves became something of a cause celebre, staying twenty-two weeks in the Swedish charts. The Swedish indie Service Records reissued Maple Leaves later that same year, and after abandoning his pseudonym once and for all with 2004’s Rocky Dennis in Heaven EP, Lekman issued his acclaimed full-length debut When I Said I Wanted to be Your Dog. The LP generated the Swedish Top Ten hit ‘You Are the Light,’ and in 2005 Lekman travelled the globe, issuing several tour-only EPs and collecting his previous singles, B-sides, and compilation tracks as Oh You’re So Silent Jens. Following this flurry of activity, he announced on his website plans for an extended hiatus from performing, scrapping a planned sophomore LP and reportedly accepting a position at a local bingo parlor – he quit after just two days on the job and fully rededicated himself to his musical pursuits. His latest album Night Falls Over Kortedala topped the charts in Sweden.