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Postcard from Melbourne: Jens Lekman


Swedish indie songsmith Jens Lekman is renowned for his lyrics; his songs are pure storytelling set to music. Pitchfork has called him ‘one of the most distinct and observant singer-songwriters in indie rock today’.

Melbourne – one of his favourite places – provided the canvas for his funny, sweetly sad new album, I Know What Love Isn’t. Lekman lived here while creating it, and the city is a quiet presence throughout his songs, whether he’s taking refuge from the summer heat by lying on his floor cradling frozen peas, or feeding possums in a park.

His album tour will take in the Wheeler Centre, where he’ll share the process of transforming experience into music, in conversation with Karen Leng.


Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman, born and reared in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a songwriter, adventurer and retired bingo hall employee. Traveling our globe as a wide-open receptor of all it has to offer, Lekman repurposes for his own oeuvre the world’s great, lost pop hooks of past and present. He breathes into them his... Read more

Karen Leng

Karen Leng is a radio broadcaster and TV producer.

A musical tastemaker and influential announcer with Triple R over 25 years, Karen currently presents new music on Triple R’s Kinky Afro every Thursday afternoon.


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