Of Montreal w/Jens Lekman
Friday, June 15
Better than: Listening to Diamond Dogs during your "Poststructuralism and Feminist Theory" seminar.
Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman's loss was serendipitous curation's gain during the Northside Festival's biggest show. Onstage alone due to "some unexplained visa issues" involving the band that was supposed to join him in a "brand-new set," Leman made minimalist lemonade. His sweet acoustic set stripped away the baroque layers of strings and horns that layer much of his music, providing an ideal appetizer for Of Montreal's imminent glam-rock maximalism.
Lekman's Scandinavian cool nicely quelled the glaring sun and McCarren Park's baking concrete. Songs usually trump real life in Lekman's light-footed autobiographical blend of humor and melancholy. The self-described "suburban potato-chip boy" of "Waiting for Kirsten," wherein he stalks actress Kirsten Dunst during her visit to his Gothenburg hometown, sounded plenty blue during "Every Little Hair Knows Your Name" from his forthcoming I Know What Love Isn't (Secretly Canadian). Lekman sings the praises of a well-adjusted, practical sort of marriageone for citizenshipin his new album's title track. Later there was the Fassbinder-ian dread of "A Postcard to Nina," in which a gay friend tries to pass him off as her fiancée during a cringingly uncomfortable dinner with Dad.
Later in his set, he cranked up some canned horns and Enoch Light samples, spread his arms like wings, and cruised about the stage in pop bliss. Was he aware of how neatly this would foreshadow Of Montreal's own winged entities? Probably not.More »