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Night Falls Over Kortedala

by Jens Lekman

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Jens arduously labored over the songs on 'Night Falls Over Kortedala' over the last three years between relentless tours (which ranged from full blown 8-piece ensembles to just Jens alone with a ukelele at the mic). Kortedala refers to a neighborhood in Jens' hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, where his studio Koredala Beauty Center is located. It also refers to a vague musical pop sound with hints of tropicalia that has been coming out of Gothenburg's clubs over the last few years. Having more in common with Paul Simon's Graceland, Jens' latest is a response to more than an engagement in today's Kortedala music of his Swedish peers. An exercise in insularity, 'Night Falls Over Kortedala' has achieved its specific sound not from going out but from Jens staying in and coming to grips with the sounds he had in his head, or as he said, "from the sound of my own voice reverberating off my home's old '50s brick walls, from the ghosts of everyone who's lived here before me clapping along with their little ecto-plasm hands. My record basically never leaves the 30 square meters that I live on until the very last song when I take a short bus ride to the countryside in 'Friday Night at the Drive-in Bingo'."

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released October 9, 2007

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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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