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Listen: Jens Lekman shares new mixtape, WWJD, featuring three new songs

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Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman has shared a new mixtape featuring three previously unreleased songs: “WWJD”, “What’s The Perfume That You Wear”, and “I Remember”. Entitled WWJD (short for What Would Jens Do?), the tape also includes eclectic snippets and full songs from other artists, including David Byrne, Jhené Aiko, and more. It marks Lekman’s first release since 2012’s I Know What Love Isn’t and serves as a stopgap in anticipation of his upcoming fourth studio album.

Lekman had this to say about the mixtape:

While travelling through midwest America some time ago I stopped at a gasstation and bought a WWJD bracelet for $1.99 and insisted that it stood for ‘What Would Jens Do?’. I would look at it when I felt indecisive, think about what Jens really would do and then do the opposite of that. I thought that would be a good way to find some new paths in life, and to get away from the paths I kept taking that didn’t lead me anywhere good.

“WWJD” is a song about regrets, learning from your mistakes, and bettering yourself. I wrote it last year, recorded it quickly and felt it didn’t fit in with most of the other songs I was writing. Together with “What’s That Perfume That You Wear?” and “I Remember” they weren’t adhering to the rules I had set up for my next album but they were also too good to forget. So I weaved them in exclusively on this mixtape where they are stations on a longer journey, where loops and smaller fragments, ideas for songs and favourite songs by others swoosh by outside the window. Feel free to open that window and feel the breeze in your hair.

Yours truly
Jens Lekman

The new tracks vary in style from the tongue-in-cheek swooner (“WWJD”), to Caribbean-inspired steel drum jam (“What’s That Perfume That You Wear?”), to reggae-inflected pop anthems (“I Remember”). The music not only boasts Lekman’s charming wit as a storyteller, with lines like “What would Jens do? And then I’d do the opposite of that,” but also his uncanny ability for melody and mood-setting thanks to horns, plainly strummed acoustic guitars, and an island groove.

Listen to the entire mixtape below.

WWJD Tracklist:
00:00 – Jens Lekman – WWJD
03:05 – Bunny Maloney – Baby I’ve Been Missing You
06:18 – David Byrne – Theodora Is Dozing
07:59 – The 11:08 Train Swooshes By
09:52 – Jhené Aiko – Stranger
11:34 – Jennifer Lara – Our Love
13:10 – Georges Delerue – Theme from Camille
15:25 – Jens Lekman – What’s That Perfume That You Wear?
18:47 – Ralph MacDonald – The Path
20:33 – All Your Sorrows Reversed
26:25 – Jens Lekman – I Remember

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