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We’ve known that Jens Lekman has had another beautiful full-length offering in the works since he announced the album was 99% done last fall. Lekman played the new material on a short fall tour, and most recently gave us all a taste of three new tracks during a quick session with NPR. Now the followup to 2012’s I Know What Love Isn’t officially has a name and release date. It’s called Life Will See You Now, and it’s out shortly after Valentine’s Day (or Single’s Awareness Day, whichever you celebrate). Lekman took his time perfecting this fourth album (fifth if you count the Oh You’re So Silent Jens comp). He’s been fine tuning it since the aforementioned tour, and it certainly shows. He uses his beautiful, delicate songwriting to play with incongruity, creating an unresolved tension between songs with happy subjects and sad aesthetics, and vice versa. Of course, the album also has Lekman’s signature light touch that registers heavy — all while incorporating elements of disco, calypso, samba, and bossa nova among other sounds. The lead single is the upbeat yet subtly melancholy “What’s That Perfume That You Wear?” It features steel pans sampled from Ralph MacDonald’s 1978 song “The Path,” one of Lekman’s “favorite records ever.” The upbeat mood from the steel pans contrasts with the gloominess of his lyrics wonderfully.

Song Lyrics:

What's that perfume that you wear?
It brings me back somewhere
To the anticipation
Before I kissed someone
It's got a sadness in it
Knowing how it's ended
Promise of something so sweet
That never could be

[:: CHORUS ::]
And it smells so good
That sandalwood
The lavender
Lemon ginger
But I guess I still love her
She's gone forever
However hard that might feel
At least it was real
If it could hurt like that

Got a miniature shampoo bottle on my shelf
From when we stayed at a hotel
One whiff of that and I'm back there with her
Coming out of the shower, she's standing there fixing her hair
She said, "Let's go somewhere"
I can smell her sun lotion
From the wind of the jasmine
And the salt from the ocean

[:: CHORUS ::]
And it smells so good
That sandalwood
The vetiver
Pink pepper
And I guess I still love her
She's gone forever
However hard that might feel
At least it was real
If it could hurt like that

[:: BRIDGE ::]
(Over and over, over and over
Over and over, head up, head up, head up!
Over and over, over and over
Over and over, head up, head up, head up!)

[:: CHORUS ::]
It smells so good
That sandalwood
The lavender
Lemon ginger
But I guess I still love her
She's gone forever
However hard that might feel
At least it was real
If it could hurt like that


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