Jens Lekman Shares “The Linden Trees Are Still In Blossom”

Following its enigmatic disappearance in March, Swedish artist Jens Lekman today released the enhanced reissue of his 2007 Secretly Canadian album Night Falls Over Kortedala, under a new title, The Linden Trees Are Still In Blossom, and featuring previously unreleased material. The album’s new, recently recorded title track is a bittersweet and reworked reprise of the Kortedala classic “A Postcard to Nina”, wherein Lekman sends a follow-up message to Nina 15 years later. The song arrives with a Jesper Norda & Kristian Berglund-directed video that finds Lekman today viewing a VHS tape of himself back in 2003. “‘A Postcard to Nina’ was a song that wrote itself,” explains Lekman. “The story happened and on the bus back home from Berlin I realized I just needed to put a melody to it. Nina was my pen pal but we lost touch at some point, years ago. Last time I wrote her, the email bounced. It’s just one of those things that happens I guess but as I was revisiting these old songs, I decided I wanted to send her one more postcard.”

The Linden Trees Are Still In Blossom follows The Cherry Trees Are Still In Blossom, a similar revamp of 2005’s Oh You’re So Silent Jens. Lekman’s impulse for giving old music fresh life and context has led him to remake the records under these new names, each delicately positioned in dialogue with the past.

A pair of assembled reduxes, The Linden Trees… and The Cherry Trees… keep the same core tracklisting, spirit, and source material as their originals, while blending brand new versions of some tracks—in part or in whole—together with many tracks left largely as they were. Both records also now feature rare, previously unreleased songs, as well as other contemporaneous material such as cassette diaries. “These new records are like portals that can lead you to the old records if you want,” Lekman reflects. “I think that they can lead you to another time and place, where you could work with music in a different way.”

“In many ways the remaking of these records is so much in line with what I was doing at the time,” muses Lekman. “These records are a way of keeping music alive. It’s not preserving music; it’s allowing it to change. Preserved music is dead. I think that’s something that makes me sad about music these days, that it feels sometimes like it’s a big museum. Like butterflies dipped into chloroform pinned to the wall. This is music that is allowed to change. That is in the music’s nature.”

Lekman is currently on tour in the U.S., playing with local youth orchestras in various cities. Upcoming shows include Chicago (May 16th) and Brooklyn (May 22nd & May 23rd).

Jens Lekman Live Dates:
5/5/22 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
5/6/22 – Tacoma, WA – ALMA
5/7/22 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
5/9/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban
5/11/22 – Denver, CO – Bluebird
5/13/22 – Milwaukee, WI – Back Room @ Colectivo
5/14/22 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar
5/16/22 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
5/18/22 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol
5/20/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
5/22/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
5/23/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
5/25/22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club