It's go big or go home time for sample-friendly Swedish romantic crooner Jens Lekman, and he knows it. Night Falls Over Kortedala opens with the rumble of tympani before he begins boldly bellowing Scott Walker-style into some epic string-swirling melodrama about his first kiss, which continues into a schmaltzy big-band Latin disco bubbler loosely based on the theme from The Love Boat.
A series of pleasant mid-tempo Bacharach-lite numbers accented by glockenspiel twinkle follow. And Lekman goes to work sensitively tossing off deadpan relationship revelations in quirky detail with a charming lilt while backing vocalists, including Sarah Assbring and Frida Hyvönen, coo sweetly in the background.
It should all work extremely well to break Lekman beyond his current fan base of bored Sufjan Stevens fans waiting for Pitchfork to tell them what to like next. Don't be surprised to hear your mom rockin' this when you go home for a visit.