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Swedish crooner Jens Lekman announced on his SoundCloud page this past week that he will be releasing a song a week in 2015. Once a week, Lekman announced, he is going to sit down, write down his thoughts and compose a song. These will be shared with his fans directly, while he’s working on his new album. The first tune, “Postcard # 1,” is a short and melancholy piano ballad, where the simple chord progressions remind you of a children’s song or lullaby. In spite of his whimsical lyrics (“When you listen to this, it’s 2015/Even if you listen to this in 2016”), the song is collected and calm, as if Lekman just wants us to get over the craziness of the holiday season, take a step back and regroup for the new madness to come.
Let’s hope that this won’t be another bogus new year’s resolution, and that we actually get the promised 52 songs – I don’t know about you, but I think this is hella exciting.
Read Lekman’s full statement below:
“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.
Article by: Julia Maehner