CORRESPONDENCE JANUARY - DECEMBER 2018: RIP A little over a year ago, me and Annika Norlin did what many friends who see each other too seldom do - we promised to get in touch a little more often. We called the project CORRESPONDENCE. These were the rules: * One letter a month, in the shape of a song. Six songs each, twelve in total. * Only one instrument could be used for each letter. The songs were attempts to impress each other, make each other laugh and cry. They contained our thoughts about things that occupied our minds at that very moment. The project was a way for us to have an outlet for more spontaneous ideas, and we decided to stay under the radar by only releasing the songs on the internet without attempting to attract much attention. Most of the time we forgot that anyone else could hear them. ”Sometimes someone would come up to me and be like, ’Hey I like that Hibernation song’ and I’d feel startled, like, ’Where did you hear that? That’s much too personal for anyone to hear.’” (Annika) Annika’s favorite letter of Jens’ is his song from november - On the Edge of Time. “It’s like an entire dystopic tale that starts with him examining his eczema and ends with the probability of the world coming to an end. I also like the March one - Forever young, Forever beautiful. It grew slowly on me, about a mountaineer who tells Jens about her dead husband and how beautiful his body was.” My favorite letter by Annika is either February’s Showering in Public, about why she's never liked locker rooms, or December’s Silent Night with it’s hopeful ending. The rule was that we could only use one instrument per song, to help us focus on the stories and not get lost in production. But in the end, we liked the songs so much it felt like we wanted to help them out, tie them together a bit more, and so we decided to record sparse strings on top of half of the songs. It turned out beautiful, and as soon as we’ve mixed and mastered it we will release it digitally. Until then, you can hear all the songs in their raw current versions at http://c-o-r-r-e-s-p-o-n-d-e-n-c-e.com (also lyrics) or on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2SA8gGv Göteborg / Umeå, dec 7th 2018 Jens Lekman & Annika Norlin Correspondence: Silent Night is out now in December. Correspondence: the album will be out early next year. Photo by Emma-Sofia Olsson
So happy and proud to be part of this record by my old bandmate and dear friend Viktor Sjöberg / Free Aktion. It comes out next week, dec 13th. Also check out the first single 'Call For Love' which is already out, it's one of the best songs of this year in my opinion. And while you're at it, check out his previous albums Be Love Now (2016), House Master (2014) and Breakfast in America (2010).
Europe! Go see my friend Hari Kondabolu do his show. I just saw him in Berlin two nights ago and it was brilliant. Tonight he's in Stockholm at Kraken. Rest of the shows are here: http://www.harikondabolu.com/shows/
APRIL 24 - NIGHT FALLS OVER KORTEDALA UPDATE: SOLD OUT!!!! (english translation below) Tisdagen den 24:e april kommer jag framföra skivan Night Falls Over Kortedala på Erikshjälpen i KORTEDALA! https://www.facebook.com/events/158732498129483/?ti=icl Insläpp 18:30, på scen 19:00. Förstamajgatan 4 Spårvagnshållplats Kortedala Torg (linje 6, 7 och 11) Det finns 150st biljetter, först till kvarn, för 200kr st. Biljetterna säljs i butiken med start tisdag 10/4. Sålda biljetter återköps ej. Alla intäkter från biljettförsäljningen går oavkortat till Erikshjälpens projekt för barn världen över. Butiken är öppen under kvällen och i Farbror Eriks Kafé serveras vegansk soppa, hummus, smörgåsar och fika! Välkomna! / Jens - - - - - - - - - UPDATE: SOLD OUT!!!! Tuesday, 24th of april, I will be performing the album Night Falls Over Kortedala at Erikshjälpen in KORTEDALA! https://www.facebook.com/events/158732498129483/?ti=icl Doors 18:30, on stage at 19:00 Förstamajgatan 4 Tram stop: Kortedala Torg (Tram # 6, 7 and 11) There's 150 tickets and they are 200 kronor each Tickets are sold in the store from tuesday the 10th. Sold tickets are non refundable. All proceeds from ticket sales go directly to Erikshjälpens projects for children across the world. https://erikshjalpen.se The store is open during the night and in Farbror Eriks Cafe they serve vegan soup, hummus, sandwiches and fika. Welcome! / Jens
CORRESPONDENCE Beginning today and throughout 2018, me and Annika Norlin (Hello Saferide, Säkert!) will be doing a project called Correspondence where we publish our communication through songs. Once a month a new song will be published here: http://c-o-r-r-e-s-p-o-n-d-e-n-c-e.com Twelve songs in total, six by each person. More information here: http://c-o-r-r-e-s-p-o-n-d-e-n-c-e.com/aboutcorrespondence.html Happy new year everyone! Jens
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About a week ago I moved to beautiful Tromsø, northern Norway. My girlfriend has started studying here and since I'm fortunate enough to be able to work from almost anywhere I decided to tag along. Now I'm looking for something to get involved in here, is there anyone here who lives in the area who would like to make some music? Book a show with me? Start some kind of project that I could be involved in? Need a DJ? Need a songwriting teacher? Need some music for a movie? Write me at smalltalk (at) jenslekman.com
MAKE A LOOP FOR MY SHOW AND WIN A TICKET! While rehearsing with the band I realized there was one song that needed something for its intro, some kind of loop or something. I told Emelie who handles the samples “well just put like a beat, a sample or something there.” But as I was looking for something in my loop folder today it struck me – maybe some of you would be interested in supplying a piece for this? I won’t tell you what song it is, lets make that a surprise, but the part should be between 2-20 seconds long, it should be in 117 BPM, 4/4 time and in the key of F Major. You don’t have to be a pro to be part of this. You can for example bang on some pots in your kitchen and just record it on your phone. Just make sure it’s in the right tempo in that case (download a metronome app and listen through your headphones) or whistle a simple melody you’ve made up, just make sure it’s in the right key. Feel free to use any instruments, including your voice. If you can, export it as a 24bit WAVE file. But mp3’s and AIFF are ok too. Send links (please do not send attachments!) along with which show you’re interested into: [email protected] I will pick one loop / beat / melody for each city and the lucky winner will get a ticket to that show and hear your composition be mixed into our set! J x