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I Know What Love Isn't

by Jens Lekman

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'I Know What Love Isn't' came out of a break up which isn't a new story. He fell in love and it didn't work out. It borrows sparingly from the vast and colorful palette of sounds he created on 'Night Falls Over Kortedala'. 'I Know What Love Isn't' has strings but not a string section, an upright piano not grand, a single saxophone, gracenotes from a flute, a lot of tambourine. Combined in exact proportions with Lekman's melancholy abstract lyrics, the songs evoke the classic sound of the Brill Building in it's heyday.

Lekman is a storyteller of the highest caliber, letting his delicate vignettes unfold to show the wonder that lies in the mundane. That's what 'I Know What Love Isn't'… is. A collection of songs that grew to a story that had to be told. A story that is not new, but essentially human. The story of the grey areas of love that you have to excavate and explore, using the method of exclusion, to find out what love is.


released September 4, 2012


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Jens Lekman Sweden

Swedish songwriter Jens Lekman has spent nearly two decades crafting cleverly written guitar-pop. An incisive observer, Lekman sorts through existential dread with earnestness and whimsy. From 2007’s sophomore breakthrough ‘Night Falls Over Kortedala,’ to 2015’s 52-song ‘Postcards’ project, to 2017’s ‘Life Will See You Now,’ Lekman is singular in dissecting the subtleties of heartache. ... more

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