Jens Lekman recorded a session for Huw Stephens’s Radio 1 show last night. It was all acoustic and included two previously heard songs, ‘Waiting For Kirsten’, which appeared on the recently released EP An Argument With Myself, and ‘I Want A Pair Of Cowboy Boots’, which we heard last summer. But there was also one that hasn’t been released yet, the (obviously) lovely ‘I Don’t Know What To Do With This Information’. Huw also had a far too brief chat with Jens, which was played over some annoying music. So I just transcribed it and you can read it after the jump.

Jens Lekman – Maida Vale Session by stripeyjumper


Huw: What music inspires you?
Jens: “I don’t really listen to music that much. I listen to comedy and I like films and books more. I think it’s something that when you’re a musician you get hung up on details when you listen to music.”

Huw: What’s the story behind ‘Waiting For Kirsten’?
Jens: “A few years ago there was an interview with Kirsten [Dunst] in a Swedish paper and she mentioned that she liked my music. I was trying really hard to not be impressed by that – Hollywood and actors and famous people and all that. She was filming the Lars Von Trier movie Meloncholia in Sweden last year and she came to Gothenburg and checked into my friend’s hotel and my friend called me up… we ended up at this club where she was supposed to show up and found out later she was trying to get in but she couldn’t get in because there was a long line outside.”

Huw: More music in 2012? This was just an EP, wasn’t it?
Jens: “Yes, it was a way to parade some of the tracks because I’ve been writing so many songs the past year and some songs felt like they wouldn’t fall in line with some of the others; I had to separate them and put them on the EP so I could get more focused for the album. I think the album’s coming out next year but I haven’t recorded yet.”

Huw: What was Maida Vale session like?
Jens: “We decided to just do guitar and vocals actually. I always get really awkward when I’m in a studio and I have a problem with studios: when everything’s really clean and you have headphones on and you’re separated – I get really awkward like that. But the sound was really beautiful and we just decided to strip down the songs even more, even remove the drums from it.”