In case you missed it earlier this week because you were suffering a heat stroke, The Most Endearing Swedish Indie-Pop Darling of Them All announced two New York dates at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 7 and 9 as part of a quick cross-country jaunt to support his upcoming EP (tickets on sale here at noon, act fast). That there to the right is the cover of it; it’s called An Argument With Myself and marks Lekman’s first studio album in four years. Even better news, there’s promise of a full-length by the end of the year. It’s all a lot to handle, given this guy’s talent for writing some of the most heartbreaking melodies known to man. On that note, allow us to offer some insight into what we’re in for come October, once the summer heat finally wears away and we become functioning human beings again.
Singing “A Postcard to Nina” in Melbourne after technical difficulties force an acoustic rendition: He forgets the words and changes the line “Can you pass the figs?” to “Can you pass the eggs?”
Here he is, lost in a sea of yellow chairs, covering Arthur Russell’s already affecting “A Little Lost.”
In front of a hometown crowd back in 2003, looking like a skinny Bob’s Big Boy, he plays it straight, withholding any coy introductory banter and swapping out the “God damn, I missed the last tram” part for “Pardon me ma’am,” as if he doesn’t have it in him to curse.
“What’s a suburban potato-chip-factory boy supposed to do when Kirsten Dunst comes to town?” he asks the audience. Write a song about it, obviously (a sneak peak of the EP). And then sing it during Read and Shout, a one-day festival in England protesting the closure of libraries.
The slowed-down intro and song title speaks for itself.