An all ages crowd filled Bottom of the Hill Sunday night (3/23/2008) for a solo performance by Swedish sensation Jens Lekman. An informal poll taken by the opener indicated that a majority of attendees had, like myself, not been at Lekman’s performance the previous night at Bimbo’s. In any event, we were all in for a treat, as Jens sated the many faithful in attendance with a pitch-perfect set of songs mostly drawn from the excellent Night Falls Over Kortedala.
Accompanied only by his guitar, a bongo player and the occasional audio sample, the performance allowed the Swede’s crooning voice and wry lyrics to overwhelm the spotlight. It’s a voice so sweet that you wouldn’t exactly expect it from a man who might favorably be described as unassuming, and in a full band setting as well as on record, it’s easy simply to soak up the melody and lose the lyrics. One could almost feel the “ah-has!” as lyrical meanings–awkward situations, poignant moments–became clear in the stripped-down setting.