It has been almost four years since Swedish songwriter Jens Lekman released 2007′s Night Falls Over Kortedala, his now classic sophomore album that gained him legions of new fans and cemented his place in the indie pop lexicon. Aside from the occasional tour, contributing a few of Kortedala‘s tracks to the soundtrack for Drew Barrymore’s film Whip It, quietly releasing the single “The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love” last year, and hanging out with Barrymore and Kirsten Dunst, he has kept a rather low profile the last few years. However, he looks to be writing new material again, as he recently played a brand new song on the podcast of comedian Tig Notaro, his friend and newly acquired labelmate.
Lekman debuted the song “Cowboy Boots” on Notaro’s Professor Blastoff (you can stream the song by clicking the link) late last week. While the song only consisted of an acoustic guitar and Lekman’s soothing croon, it still posseses the kind of attention to detail and wit that is purely his own. In a brief two and a half minutes, we have Lekman talking about having a dream “730 nights in a row,” wanting a pair of cowboy boots to help him get away from a lover, and an awkward walk where he searches for “something flippable, like a dime” while he ponders the nature of forgiveness. In other words, “Cowboy Boots” manages to condense all of Lekman’s lyrical strengths into a nice and neat little package. It’s likely that the studio version of the song will be more expansive and feature plenty of samples, but even in it’s infancy it is a high quality song.
While there has been no word yet on when Lekman will release his third album, the release of “Cowboy Boots” can only be seen as a positive sign. Lekman is one of the genre’s most accessible and genuinely talented artists, and there is little doubt that his next album will continue to demonstrate his effortless ability to write great pop songs. Here’s hoping a studio version of “Cowboy Boots” and an announcement of his next release aren’t too far off.