Published Jan 04, 2017Late last year, Swedish indie vet was Jens Lekman promised a new album was on the horizon in 2017, and he's now made good on that. Called Life Will See You Now, the record will arrive on February 17 via Secretly Canadian.
The full-length follows Lekman's Postcards series in 2015 and marks his first new studio album since 2012's I Know What Love Isn't, making Life Will See You Now his fourth official album.
A press release promises the record will be "a typical Lekman album in several ways," stating "sly humour is key to its heartfelt nature; it inverts pop's writing norm by making songs with sad concerns sound happy and songs with a happy subject sound sad; and it plays with notions of identity and the self."
However, it's quick to add the album is "a significant move forward," as the whole thing was inspired by breakup that threw Lekman "into something of a crisis." As such, the LP apparently is more upbeat and expansive, with Lekman employing the production talents of Ewan Pearson (M83, Chemical Brothers, Goldfrapp) for the record.
For a taste of what's in store, Lekman has shared the buoyant "What's That Perfume That You Wear?" Listen to the new song down below, where you will also find Lekman's previously announced tour dates, which include a Toronto stop.
UPDATE (01/05, 12 p.m.): You can also now watch a video for "What's That Perfume That You Wear?" at the bottom of the page.
Pre-orders are live now and there's a limited postcard flexi of "What's That Perfume That You Wear? (acapella version)" and a one-sided flexi of bonus track "Two Young Lovers." You can order it here.
Life Will See You Now:
1. To Know Your Mission
2. Evening Prayer
3. Hotwire The Ferris Wheel
4. What's That Perfume That You Wear?
5. Our First Fight
6. Wedding in Finistère
7. How We Met, The Long Version
8. How Can I Tell Him
9. Postcard #17
10. Dandelion Seed
02/23 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
02/24 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
02/25 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
02/27 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
02/28 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
03/03 Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
03/05 Seattle, WA - Neumos
03/08 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
03/09 Chicago, IL - Metro
03/10 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center for the Arts
03/11 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
03/13 Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
03/15 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
03/16 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
03/17 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03/18 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03/19 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/28 Dublin, IE - Whelans
03/29 London, UK - Oval Space
03/30 Leeds, UK - The Brudenell Social Club
03/31 Manchester, UK - Band on the Wall
04/01 Glasgow, UK - St. Luke's Church
04/03 Stockholm, SE - Vasateatern
04/04 Uppsala, SE - Uppsala Konsert & Kongress
04/05 Malmo, SE - KB
04/06 Copenhagen, DK - Studie 2
04/07 Orebro, SE - Orebro Concert Hall
04/08 Gothenburg, SE - Pustervik
04/09 Oslo, NO - John Dee