I'm a little slow on the draw for it, I admit, but I am really starting to love the music of Jens Lekman.
The handsome Swede makes melancholic, yet light-hearted music, usually of the folk variety. He's somewhere between Elliott Smith and The Magnetic Fields in spirit, but a talent that is uniquely his own.
His next record, "Night Falls Over Kortedala" is due out this fall, but the first single, "Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo" came out last week on iTunes and promises for another great set of work from Mr. Lekman.
His song "How Much You Mean to Me" is what got me hooked. It is a very sincere, intimate and vulnerable love letter which is mostly spoken with minimal piano backing. It's lovely and haunting.