Born and bred in Gothenburg, Jens Lekman has been called Sweden’s finest storyteller. Whether it’s about posing as the boyfriend of a lesbian friend to appease her parents or presenting a waitress with a 3D-model of a tumor, Lekman’s ability to add a tasteful sense of humor to stories others might turn sad or macabre has become his signature.
“Evening Prayer” is about the latter, a meditation on a peculiar kind of relationship we’ve all found ourselves in: the one that makes you ask yourself, “am I close enough to this person to care this much?” Sonically, the song is simple and catchy, proving a little bit of groove can go a long way. It’s a departure from Lekman’s typical indie-a-la-Belle-and-Sebastian vibe, leaving the honey-coated vocals while bumping-up the tempo and still tasting uniquely like Lekman.
-Taylor Wallace // host, Saturday 2-6 p.m., producer, SoundCheck and Eklektikos