September 25th, 2015


Postcard # 39

My friend Jonas Abrahamsson who plays piano in my band came around and we wrote this together.

September 15th, 2015


My project for the fall, Ghostwriting, which I will do at Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center as well as at GIBCA - the Gothenburg Biennial, is now open for story submissions.

There's been a bit of confusion about this, mainly because I had to take some time off during the summer due to exhaustion and during this time I wasn't able to be as involved as I would've liked. I confirmed a few press releases without thinking them through. But there's no major damage done. Just to repeat, here's what it's about:

Ghostwriting is a project in which I will sit down with a couple of people I’ve never met before (you could be one of them) and act as a ghostwriter for a story they would like to tell. Following a public call for story submissions, a diverse collection will be chosen. I will sit down with each participant and have a conversation, discussing their particular story. After that I will write a song out of their story, record it and then make it available to the world. The idea behind this is that I believe everyone has an amazing story in them and I want to hold it up to the world, but also to the participant as a mirror, allowing them to get a glimpse of who they are.

Ghostwriting has really nothing to do with Postcards as some descriptions have said, although I will most likely use one of the songs from each Ghostwriting session as the postcard for that week. Also, both Postcards and Ghostwriting originally came out of a longing I had at the beginning of this year to find a more spontaneous and free outlet for my songwriting.

To submit a story, you must be able to meet up in person for a personal interview at the interview dates below. This means you need to live in Gothenburg or Cincinnati or be able to travel to these cities.

In Cincinnati, the story you submit can be about anything. But in Gothenburg I chose three topics: Love, fears and secrets. I'm hoping these topics will be specific yet broad enough to inspire. As a story submitter you can be anonymous in the end, if you don't want your name attached to your song (if you write on the topic of 'secrets' for example). But we need your name and contact info to be able to call you to the interview.

Every participant will get their song on a USB stick in a nice little box in the end, as a memory and a thank you.

Here's all the links and info:

Gothenburg Biennial
Ghostwriting project link
Submit your story here (deadline oct 4)
Interviews scheduled for oct 17-18
+ Solo show at Röda Sten (I will perform the Ghostwriting songs + a mix of my other songs)

Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center
Ghostwriting project link
Submit your story here  (deadline oct 14)
Interviews scheduled for nov 16-19
+ the week ends with a very special show together with MYCincinnati

Ok, that's it. I think.

September 15th, 2015


Postcard # 38

September is the month when I often listen to FS Blumm's album 'Summer Kling'. It has become my summer transitioning into fall album. While listening to it, my girlfriend cranked up the vinyl speed from 33 rpm to 78 rpm, just for the fun of it. It sounded pretty good actually. And in my head I heard vocal melodies sung on top of it. This is what came out. The FS Blumm song is called 'Flocke'.

September 13th, 2015


Postcard # 37

September 10th, 2015


Postcard # 36

Sample from Karl Keaton - Love's Burn

September 8th, 2015


Postcard # 35

Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here!

Gothenburg - see you at the manifestation at Götaplatsen, 17:30 tomorrow

August 25th, 2015


Postcard # 34

August 18th, 2015


Postcard # 33

Samples from:
The Nutmegs - Story Untold
Les Baxter - Unchained Melody
The Youtube clip "Flutes - What makes them different?"

August 13th, 2015


Postcard # 32

Samples from:
Guerre & Scissor Lock - Turnt Out
The Go-Betweens - Streets Of Your Town
Moe Koffman - Old Friends
The Rubettes - New York Tower
The Nutmegs - Story Untold

August 1st, 2015


Postcard # 31
Sample from Ed Watson - Boogie Woman

July 27th, 2015


Postcard # 30
Churchbells from St. Petri Dom zu Bremen

July 18th, 2015


Postcard # 29

July 10th, 2015


Postcard # 28

July 10th, 2015


Photo by Ivano Giordano, from the Just Like Heaven festival, Italy.

July 7th, 2015


Postcard # 27

Samples from The Whispers - Lady

Hope you're all having a wonderful summer!


June 28th, 2015


Postcard # 26

June 23rd, 2015


In november I’ve been invited to Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center to do two projects I’m very excited about:

1. Ghostwriting - in which I will sit down with a couple of people I’ve never met before and act as a ghostwriter for their story. Following a public call for story submissions, a diverse collection will be chosen. I will sit down with each participant and have a conversation, discussing their particular story that they want to tell. After that I will write a song out of their story, record it and then make it available to the world. The idea behind this is that I believe everyone has an amazing story in them and I want to hold it up to the world, but also to the participant as a mirror, allowing them to get a glimpse of who they are.
Stay tuned for more info about when and how to submit your story.

2. A performance with MYCincinnati’s Ambassador Ensemble, an amazing string sextet of young Price Hill musicians. Check out the video below, I’m very very excited about this. This will be a set of songs from my whole career, a lot of the classics, with some of the string arrangments Van Dyke Parks prepared for my show in Shanghai last year as well as new arrangments by their brilliant director Eddy Kwon.

June 23rd, 2015


I won the Västra Götalands Regionens Kulturpris last week! Apart from the grant I got this cool ouija board made by one of my favourite artists and cartoonists Linda Spåman. Thank you!!

June 23rd, 2015


It’s taken a month of rubbing my eyes and pinching my arm after the cross country livingroom tour back in may. So much hard work, so much anxiety before it started, and then so much euphoria once it turned out it was actually working. That people showed up. That the equipment worked. That every show was absolutely mindblowing.

It was an experiment, I had no idea what to expect. I’ve done similar things before, one or two houseshows here and there. But nothing like a full 15 shows in 17 days kinda trip. Four thousand and twohundredforty kilometres. It took a lot of planning, but all that planning will come in handy for the future now that I know how it can be done. It was time well invested.

My tour was focused on the smaller towns and rural areas. This was a deliberate choice. Two million people live in the three major swedish cities. Seven million don’t. Obviously a lot of those seven million like music as much as people in the big cities. But the idea that bands can only tour in bigger cities has become so cemented in our minds. Of course, finding promoters in smaller places who can offer a guarantee can be tricky. The venues cost money as does hiring a soundperson, bartender, bouncer etc. Having fans arrange the shows, often in their own livingrooms and bringing my own PA solved a lot of these issues. The venue and sound was now free and the financial risk was mine but it wasnt that big anyway. Just the gas and the lunch we had on the way. At almost every place I played there was also a guestroom and breakfast in the morning. Every host we met was kind, caring and extremely enthusiastic, I have a lot of faith in humanity after this tour.

Playing in peoples livingrooms and other unusual spaces also creates this amazing focus on the music. People show up to listen, not to drink beer and stand in the back talking. The boundary between performer and listener doesn’t disappear but it becomes more vague. Everyone becomes part of the moment. Plus playing in someones house makes for excellent comedy when you get cheered back for an encore after having stepped off stage and into the walk in closet serving as your backstage. There’s nothing less rockstar than that.

Hopefully I can do something like this in another part of the world sometime. At this moment I’m working on the album and other projects so it won’t be soon. But when it happens I will let you know and hopefully I can play your livingroom then.

In the meantime you can check out this. It was written by singer songwriter Shannon Curtis and recommended to me by her husband Jamie Hill (who mixed the An Argument With Myself EP). It contains a lot of inspiring thoughts and useful information for anyone considering doing this kind of tour.

June 21st, 2015


Postcard # 25

June 14th, 2015


Postcard # 24

June 7th, 2015


Postcard # 23

May 31st, 2015


Postcard # 22

Sample from Francis Bebey - The Coffee Cola Song

May 24th, 2015


Postcard # 21

Written and recorded in a small cabin somewhere outside Röstånga

May 17th, 2015


Postcard # 20

I had to do this hushed and acapella in the bathroom of the house I'm staying in because it's late and everyone's sleeping. It's been an amazing tour so far, Gävle tonight was fantastic. Thank you so much everyone who came out. Looking forward to the south of Sweden now! xx

May 10th, 2015


Postcard # 19

I'm in Svanö tonight, on tour, I recorded this on my phone in the backroom of the Folkets Hus where I played. The tour so far has been absolutely amazing.

The song was inspired by a young couple I saw making out on a tram some time ago. And also inspired by a short story by Peter Stamm.

May 6th, 2015


My first show in Croatia!

Zagreb, July 2nd.


May 3rd, 2015


Postcard # 18

April 26th, 2015


On August 8th I will be playing Visions Festival in London, UK. This will be a solo show in a big cathedral. Lots of other good bands will play, get your ticketsssss!

April 25th, 2015


Postcard # 17

Sample from Charles Mingus - Myself When I'm Real

April 18th, 2015


Postcard # 16

"Gothenburg has been romanticized
so much that it's hard to still love it.
But give me just one of these nights
and I'll promise to speak none of it"

April 10th, 2015


Postcard # 15

Sample from "A One, Two" by Biz Markie

PS. I'm DJ'ing in Linköping with Henning Fürst tonight at Klubb Din Mamma. Hope to see you there!

April 5th, 2015


Postcard # 14

March 30th, 2015


photo by Malin Johansson

Tickets released april 6th, 9am, click here!

8/5 - Fengersfors - Not Quite Cafe & Bistro
9/5 - Smedjebacken - In Frida & Martins home
10/5 - Svanö - Folkets Hus
12/5 - Luleå - Bistro Norrland
13/5 - Jakobstad (FI) - After Eight
15/5 - Ersmark - In Davids parents home
16/5 - Sundsvall - In Rickard and Candra's home
17/5 - Gävle - In Jennies home
19/5 - Mariehamn (FI) - Pub Bastun
20/5 - Nyköping - Generator
21/5 - Hultsfred - Klubben
22/5 - Revsudden - Dansbanan Sanna
23/5 - Röstånga - Stationen
24/5 - Tollered - Smedjan

March 28th, 2015


Postcard # 13

March 22nd, 2015


Postcard # 12

Just spent some time snorkeling in the South China Sea

March 20th, 2015


On 4th of July which in Europe is just 4th of july, I will be playing at Just Like Heaven Festival in Padova, Italy. This will be a solo show. I think I will play in an amphitheatre, the images I have seen look beautiful. You should go. You really should. It will be just like heaven - a mysterious darkness filled with stars, the stars that are you and me.

Tickets here.

March 15th, 2015


Postcard # 11

March 8th, 2015


My friends Most Valuable Players went digging through their early cassette recordings and found an instrumental guitar piece they had recorded many many years ago. They asked me if maybe I could write some words and melodies on top. At the moment I had just read about Voyager One's famous photo 'Pale Blue Dot'. That became the inspiration for this tiny lovesong.

March 7th, 2015


Postcard # 10

Samples from the youtube clip "Smooth Jazz John Klemmer Solo Sax & Kalimba "Human" PBS"

March 1st, 2015


Postcard # 9

Sample from Intense - You Are The One

February 21st, 2015


Postcard # 8

Built on and contains samples from Maurice Ravel - String Quartet in F Major

February 14th, 2015


Postcard # 7

Sample from "Suzanne Ciani on David Letterman"

February 7th, 2015


Postcard # 6

Samples from Franck Pourcel - La Maladie D'Amour
and Hans Zimmer - Cornfield Chase

February 1st, 2015


Postcard # 5

Banjo by Elin Piel, check out her bands:
Preacher and The Bear 

(English summary at the end)

När jag började spela musik hade jag en dröm som såg ut ungefär så här: jag åker på en landsväg, kanske på en moped, solen håller på att gå ner och på ryggen har jag min gitarr. Jag stannar till på en liten ort där kvällens spelning är i någons vardagsrum eller på den lokala bibblan. Så spelar jag några låtar, pratar med publiken, säljer lite skivor och drar vidare. 
Sen fick jag förklarat för mig hur en turné egentligen funkar. Och inget fel med de vanliga turnéerna, det är ju jättekul att spela på festivaler och klubbar i storstäderna och så. Men det känns så tråkigt varje gång man åker längs E4:an och ser namnen på städer och orter som inte är Stockholm eller Göteborg och tänker på de mail man får därifrån. “Varför kan du inte komma och spela i min lilla stad också?”. 

Så jag tänkte att det är dags styra upp en turné utanför storstäderna. Och jag tror att det enklaste sättet är att vi gör oss av med mellanhänderna. Vi behöver inget spelställe - ditt vardagsrum kan vara min scen. Vi behöver ingen arrangör - du kan vara arrangör. 

Låter det intressant? Så här går det till:

Tid: 8-24 maj
Plats: På din hemort
Lokal: I ditt vardagsrum, i din trädgård, på den lokala bibblan, eller en helt annan lokal. Egna spännande idéer är välkomna! Men tänk på att grannarna också ska tycka att det är en bra idé. 
Du som värd står för: Lokal och om ni har möjlighet även boende och mat. 
Jag står för: Musik, backline och PA. 

Om du vill arrangera en av konserterna på turnén, maila senast den 8 februari till och berätta om din idé. 


IN ENGLISH: I’m doing a livingroom tour, this time only in Sweden but hopefully I can do something similar in other parts of the world another time!

January 24th, 2015


Postcard # 4

January 15th, 2015


Postcard # 3

Yesterday I played a wedding in beautiful Jukkasjärvi, in the very north of Sweden. The couple getting married were two australians, Erin and Alisdair. I’d never met them before but Alisdair wrote and asked if I wanted to sing for them and he seemed sweet so I said yes. And since I was going to sing for them and had to write a song this week I figured why not make the song for them. 

January 9th, 2015


Postcard # 2

Sample from Abdullah Ibrahim - Mamma

January 2nd, 2015


Happy new year!

Here’s my new years resolution for 2015: While working on my next album, I will sit down once a week, write down my thoughts, turn them into a song and share it with you directly. Think of these little songs as postcards. Little greetings from me to you.

You see, I spend a lot of time on my songs, on their details. I sweep the streets that my characters walk on and polish every doorknob until I feel confident to let other people in. But it does lead to a very isolated creative phase.

And I’ve been longing to share my thoughts and life with you a bit more. I’ve been longing to write about things that make sense one particular day but that might make no sense once the album comes out.

Then at the end of this year we can sit down you and me and listen through these 52 songs, and remember where we were and when we were there, who we kissed and who we missed. I’m looking forward to that.

Yours truly
Jens Lekman

Art by Otto Rosenlund
Painting by Jan van Kessel de Oude

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