Jens Lekman Gets Canadian Release

Published: 2004-09-20
Ontario label Sonic Unyon Records has stepped forward to give Jens Lekman's debut album a Canadian release. The Swedish singer's 'When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog' is set to hit shelves next Tuesday (September 28th). The first single to be presented to Canadians is 'You Are The Light'.

Lekman plans to tour North America in 2005, which will include Canadian stops.

Although Lekman has yet to make a huge impact on the Canadian scene, he is already a giant star back at home. 'When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog' hit #6 on the pop charts, and Lekman was even voted 'The 15th Sexiest Man in Sweden' by Elle magazine.

Even though 'When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog' is Lekman's first Canadian release, it seems he's had a love affair with the country from the start. Before his debut full-length, Lekman released three EPs in North America. While they didn't find an actual Canadian home, they found one at Secretly Canadian records (an American label). Not only that, but the first of the EPs is titled nothing less than 'Maple Leaves' (released in February of 2004). Maybe it's because both countries have such cold winters…

Lekman's songs have gained him comparisons to Morrissey, Belle & Sebastian, and Beck. Anyone would agree those are big names to live up to; you can decide if Lekman does by checking out a few tracks at

'When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog' track-listing:

'Tram #7 to Heaven'
'Happy Birthday, Dear Friend Lisa'
'Do You Remember The Riots?'
'You Are The Light (By Which I Travel into This and That)
'If You Ever Need a Stranger (To Sing at Your Wedding)'
'The Cold Swedish Winter'
'When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog'
'A Higher Power'

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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