I'm just going to say that I effing love Jens Lekman. Love. This. Guy. He writes these totally charming pop songs about seemingly random things--like nearly slicing off his own finger because someone hugged him while he was cutting an avocado--yet his lyrics always hinge on the poetic. Night Falls Over Kortedala is a sweetly strange album for this reason.
And thankfully, Lekman isn't changing his tune: he's penned a new song with another weird and hopeful message. As its unsurprisingly dramatic title suggests, "The End Of The Word Is Bigger Than Love" is about heartbreak and inspired by the 2008 presidential election. (Sample lyric: "It's bigger than the spider floating in your cider/ it's bigger than the stock market and the loose change in your pocket.") Lekman describes it this way on his blog:
It's a song of hope. When love turns its back on you it's nice to know there's a world out there that doesn't give a shit about your problems. That forces you to keep your head held high and move on. A world that is fragile and beautiful. Maybe it can sound cold to some of you, but let me make it clear that I believe in love, I just get so wrapped up in it sometimes that I need to put it into proportion. It's something you have to do a lot when you're Jens Lekman.
You can download the song here (once you join Lekman's mailing list) or stream it on Stereogum.