Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman delighted us with his soft-spoken charm while in the midst of touring for the new album I Know What Love Isn’t, his first in five years. The record builds upon the charming wit and rich arrangements we loved on previous efforts Night Falls Over Kortedala and When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog. Conversely, it also pares back production and finds songwriting inspiration (whether Lekman liked it or not) in the breakup of a relationship.
Lekman joined us to deliver solo takes on songs from the new record, as well as his new translation of a song by fellow Swede Kjell Höglund. Lekman also talks about his unintentional breakup album, songwriting as therapy and why he’s never been able to listen to Morrissey.