Today, we're bringing back Deep Cuts, a feature wherein we zero in on one song by an artist and dig into that song's meaning and inspiration with its creator.
In the five years between Jens Lekman's last two albums, quite a lot happened to the Swedish singer-songwriter. Most notably, the 31-year-old moved to Melbourne, Australia, and endured a painful breakup. But, as those experiences should, they fed his art, and what came out is one of Lekman's most crystalline achievements, the recently released album I Know What Love Isn't.
Now, any of the 10 songs from the disc could have been perfect for this feature, but there's something about the way "The World Moves On," well, moves that made it the right choice. Over a shimmying beat, words and images spill out of Lekman as he brings himself and listeners back to this period of his life. He brings in snapshots of this time, half-remembered conversations, and his own failings as a friend and lover, turning them all over and over again as if he almost can't believe they really happened.
But—as he says in this interview—there's something universal about the song as well. Even if we've never laid on a floor, hugging frozen peas to our chest, or befriended a stray opossum, the emotions are something every adult has had to deal with at some point in their lives. So when he finally hits the last line—"You don't get over a broken heart/You just learn to carry it gracefully"—the effect can knock you flat.