Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jens Lekman goes black in black

Jens Lekman, the Swede who stormed the blogging world with his last two pristine albums, has joined the celebrated list of performers who have taken stage in the Black Cab. With their "one song-one take-one cab" format, the Black Cab Sessions have hosted emerging greenbacks and the hall of fame sluggers by driving aritsts such as Death Cab For Cutie, Fleet Foxes, Cold War Kids, Brian Wilson, My Morning Jacket, Okkervil River, Spoon, The Kooks and The National.

Jens Lekman visited the Black Cab crew and performed his "Black Cab" among the active streets in the background. "Black Cab" debuted on Jens' 2003 EP titled Maple Leaves, but was made more popular by appearing on the 2005 release, Oh You're So Silent, Jens.

Jens Lekman - Black Cab

Within the lines of a solo David Byrne, Belle and Sebastian, Sondre Lerche, and Architecture in Helsinki, it's tough to strip down Jens more than his typical album will naturally convey. In the song above, I even hear a bunch of The Velvet Underground. Is it just me? Despite his ability to show up and perform with a backing choir or even a guitar in hand to amplify his style a bit more, the Black Cab Sessions catches Jens with only his voice and a kalimba (finger piano). It's stripped and quite gorgeous.

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