It's been a few years since we've heard from Jens Lekman, the singer-songwriter from Sweden (first name pronounced Yens) whose 2007 album, Night Falls Over Kortedala, brimmed with lush, arresting arrangements about heartbreak and the perils of pretending to be your lesbian pal's boyfriend at her family dinner. The album won indie hearts, and made it all the way to Kirsten Dunst, who praised Lekman in an interview. It says a lot about Lekman's musical style that he now has a song called "Waiting for Kirsten," about his ill-fated attempt to meet her when she visited his home town in Sweden. The funny little number, performed last night, ends abruptly [SPOILER] with the line: "But the receptionist said I was drunk and asked me to leave." Here's video, from his last gig in LA:
Last night Lekman played the first of two concerts in Brooklyn, at the big and beautiful Green Building in Carroll Gardens. Tickets sold out in a flash, and last night a packed house of adoring fans hung on every word and note, starting with Lekman's deceptively saccharine songs "And I Remember Every Kiss"/"Sipping on the Sweet Nectar," about lying on your deathbed recalling that forever lost time in your life when you used to get it on. The opener was quintessential Lekman: one part vulnerable heartache, one part idiosyncratic humor, a dash of bitter irony, and served straight up with a voice that makes the ladies' knees go weak.
Between songs, Lekman told amusing little anecdotes setting up each number, touching on such topics as his new home in Melbourne, Australia; his time living in NYC ("It took a lot of courage for me to come back here, and I feel like these two shows will be some kind of closure, and I can start loving New York again."), and the golden key necklaces worn by himself and his percussionist ("They're on sale at the merch table. I'm into the jewelry business now."). Thankfully, he's still in the music business, too; Lekman will release another album in 2011, and conduct a more extensive tour then, with dates in NYC scheduled to accommodate Dunst.