Quirkiness galore! The recently silent Swede is back with songs about arguments with oneself, following directions and one man’s search for Kirsten Dunst.

Jens Lekman announced the completion of a new EP entitled An Argument With Myself to be released September 20th on Secretly Canadian. The indie pop singer songwriter has kept to himself since the 2007 release of Night Falls Over Kortedala.

After a year-long tour and the relocation from his home town of Gothenburg to Melbourne immediately following his return, he spent his time playing shows in back yards and DJing to earn money. The three-time Swedish Grammy nominee has since moved back to Gothenburg and began working on material for a new album.

Apparently the five songs on the EP didn’t quite fit into the flow of the rest of the material he was writing, which is why he decided to release them as a separate entity. Hence, An Argument With Myself was born and Jens Lekman fans across the globe can have their Stephen Merritt meets Jonathan Richman fix sooner as opposed to later.

Ostensibly enamored with the less than conventional performance spaces Lekman played while in Melbourne (due to the lack of a work visa he could not legally play in clubs), strange too will be the spaces Lekman plays on the short North American tour that was announced alongside the EP release date. Anywhere ranging from science museums to synagogues, cemeteries to armories, no place is off limits and I’m sure the audience will appreciate the change of scenery.

A show in an armory? Sounds magical, count me in. Unfortunately that one is in Somerville, MA. But those of us in the Bay Area have the opportunity to see Lekman at The California Academy of Sciences on September 29. I wonder if that albino alligator will bust out a duet with Kirsten Dunst for the encore. Now THAT would be magical.

An Argument With Myself comes out September 20th, 2011 on Secretly Canadian. Tour dates are listed below.


09/28: Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

09/29: San Francisco, CA – California Academy of Sciences

10/01: Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater

10/03: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

10/05: Washington, DC – 6th & I Historic Synagogue

10/06: Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia Ethical Society

10/07: Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

10/08: Boston, MA – Somerville Armory

10/09: Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg