The playful Swedish indie-pop satirist/dramatist brought his unique whimsical sarcasm to a packed house in Brooklyn.
Sunday was the second night of a three night stay at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg for Lekman who recently released “An Argument With Myself EP,” the first significant release in nearly four years.
The last time I saw Lekman he was dancing around with 5 other people on stage at the Paradise in Boston. While the show was good it seemed a little too fantastical and was missing something that only Jens and an acoustic could have delivered.
When I arrived at the venue and saw only a drum kit and lone guitar placed on stage I knew I would be getting the real Jens Lekman experience–the one he is known for, which is kind of like sitting on a rooftop with a couple of friends watching a shockingly clever affable crooner play the guitar while subtly musing on the absurdness of modern bourgeois posturing.
Lekman and his drummer Addison Rogers belted out tracks old and new. Lekman had the audience laughing by the end of his first song and singing along to his third, “Black Cab.”
Before singing “Waiting for Kirsten,” Lekman regaled the crowed with a hilarious story about unsuccessfully stalking Kirsten Dunst while she was filming “Meloncholia” in his hometown of Gothenburg. While waiting to “bump” into Kirsten at a nightclub, Dunst ended up leaving because the line was too long.
“In Gothenburg, they don’t let you into clubs based on how rich you are or whether or not you’ve made love to Spider-Man,” he said.
Lekman’s antics were in full form throwing confetti into the crowd and dancing around stage with arms spread like a bird in between the chorus. The set included oldies like “A Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill” and “I Saw Her At An Anti-War Demonstration.” New tracks,”Cowboy Boots” and “An Argument With Myself” were well received.
Lekman ended with two encores, the latter being a sing a long version of “Pocket Full of Money.” The upstairs and downstairs crowds snapped their fingers belted out “I’ll come running with a heart on fire…” It was a good night.