Merchants of Soul


  1. September 2, 2014

    While travelling through midwest America some time ago I stopped at a gasstation and bought a WWJD bracelet for $1.99 and insisted that it stood for ‘What Would Jens Do?’. I would look at it when I felt indecisive, think about what Jens really would do and then do the opposite of that. I thought that would be a good way to find some new paths in life, and to get away from the paths I kept taking that didn’t lead me anywhere good.

    WWJD is a song about regrets, learning from your mistakes, and bettering yourself. I wrote it last year, recorded it quickly and felt it didn’t fit in with most of the other songs I was writing. Together with ‘What’s That Perfume That You Wear?’ and ‘I Remember’ they weren’t adhering to the rules I had set up for my next album but they were also too good to forget. So I weaved them in exclusively on this mixtape where they are stations on a longer journey, where loops and smaller fragments, ideas for songs and favourite songs by others swoosh by outside the window. Feel free to open that window and feel the breeze in your hair.

    Yours truly
    Jens Lekman


    0:00 - Jens Lekman - WWJD
    3:05 - Bunny Maloney - Baby I’ve Been Missing You
    6:18 - David Byrne - Theodora Is Dozing
    7:59 - The 11:08 Train Swooshes By
    09:52 - Jhene Aiko - Stranger
    11:34 - Jennifer Lara - Our Love
    13:10 - Georges Delerue - Theme from Camille
    15:25 - Jens Lekman - What’s That Perfume That You Wear?
    18:47 - Ralph MacDonald - The Path
    20:33 - All Your Sorrows Reversed
    26:25 - Jens Lekman - I Remember

    Contains smaller fragments from: The Philly Devotions - Yeah Yeah Girl. The Duprees - Why Don’t You Believe Me? Soul 2 Soul - Back To Life (acapella). Beethoven - Stringquartet no 5 in A Major. Dalida - Salma Ya Salama. Fairouz - Zourouni. Angel Haze - Same Love. Syl Johnsson - I Hate I Walked Away. Hermeto Pascoal - Musica da Lagoa. Crue-L Grand Orchestra - (You Are) More Than Paradise (Freaks Switching Channels 12inch Mix). Paul Johnson - Where Can You Be. Jim Nabors - With These Hands. Israel Vibration - The Same Song.

    Lilian Paunovic Olsson sings harmonies on ‘WWJD’.

    Thanks to Sara, Luís and Malin for the inspiration.

  2. breathtakingdestinations:

New York City - New York - USA (von Aleks Ivic)

    breathtakingdestinations:

    New York City - New York - USA (von Aleks Ivic)

    (via willyoulookatthat)

  3. ‘Mister Magic’ by Grover Washington, Jr. is my new jam.
  4. ‘So Nice (Summer Samba)’ by Bebel Gilberto is my new jam.
  5. ‘Time Machine (feat. The Spimes)’ by Alan Braxe is my new jam.
  6. ‘I Am a Tree’ by Guided by Voices is my new jam.
  7. ‘Warm in the Shadows’ by Music Go Music is my new jam.
  8. ‘Closer’ by Tegan and Sara"I won’t treat you like you’re typical"

    ‘Closer’ by Tegan and Sara
    "I won’t treat you like you’re typical"

  9. ‘I Fought The Angels’ by The Delgados is my new jam.
  10. ‘Whispering Pines’ by The Band is my new jam.
  11. ‘We Sink’ by CHVRCHES is my new jam.
  12. ‘What You Won’t Do for Love’ by Jessie Ware is my new jam.
  13. ‘Her Ghost’ by Woman’s Hour is my new jam.