The 17th of February, Jens Lekman released his new record “Life Will See You Now”. It has been getting lots of attention since it’s his first album to be released after 2012’s “I Know What Love Isn’t. I’ve already some people call it ALBUM OF THE YEAR. But does the record itself come to the levels of the hype? Let’s find out.
Before I start, I want to say that this will be my first Jens Lekman album ever. It seems like he already had some kind of fanbase, so he can’t be that bad, right? Also found out that he’s Swedish, so that’s cool too.
Now, this record must be one of the comfiest things that I’ve heard so far. Will he get mad at me if I say that his music reminds me a lot of Belle & Sebastian would meet some kind of batshit dance party band? It’s just fun all around, the whole time.
After the first song, that had this really nice piano sound, the whole album turns to this weird kind of disco sound? One of my friends claims that it samples the Tim & Eric Show. Cool. But his marvelous melodies are still there. This man’s lyrics are really good too, the way that he tells his stories is beautiful. Yet, he still can balance his songs between optimistic and heartbreaking. Somehow reminds me of Jonathan Richman’s lyrics, but not really that much. Something about the whole sound of this record makes me happy.
The production is warm and of a tremendous quality. It also makes me super happy that one of the highlight tracks, “What’s That Perfume You Wear?”, already has over 700,000 plays on Spotify. What a hit! To talk more about this record, I have to say that one of my only problems with it is that, well, the production feels way TOO POP in some bits! I mean, I understand that Jens might want to get more recognition outside of the indie community, but I, personally, am always craving the lo-fi sound.
Other problem with this album is that in some parts, the instrumentals make the songs slightly worse. It’s not an extreme problem, but take for example the steel drums in What’s That Perfume You Wear. It just feels like it isn’t fitting. I am not saying that all instruments in this album sound unfitting or like total shit, tracks like “How We Met, the Long Version” has a really beautiful intro that combines some Daft Punk-ish synth with orchestral instruments. Awesome!
Something that really caught my attention in this album, is that it actually creates some real tropical sound in some songs. With the use of brass-sounding instruments and bass lines is how he achieves it. Could this be one of those albums that are meant to play on the beach? Probably.
This record is one quality pop album, if it will reach everyone’s TOP 10 2017 ALBUMS list something that only time will answer. But I hope it’s at least in everyone’s top 20, because it will absolutely make it to mine.
Hotwire the Ferris Wheel
What’s That Perfume You Wear?
Weeding in Finistére
listen to it on spotify HERE