Staff Picks

I Know What Love Isn't by Jens Lekman

October 12, 2012

For fans of: Magnetic Fields, Sondre Lerche, beautiful baritones singing intricate lyrics about comical, unique characters.

The album came out of a break up which isn't a new story. He fell in love and it didn't work out. It borrows sparingly from the vast and colorful palette of sounds he created on Kortedala. I Know What Love Isn't has strings but not a string section, an upright piano not grand, a single saxophone, gracenotes from a flute, a lot of tambourine.

Combined in exact proportions with Lekman's melancholy abstract lyrics, the songs evoke the classic sound of the Brill Building in it's heyday.