Via Gothenburg, Sweden, singer and storyteller Jens Lekman drops in to The Garden Party with his full band, bringing his gorgeous world of witty pop and endless palette of strings, samples and keys.
Across thirteen EPs and three albums, Jens Lekman has made hopeless romantics of us all. Repurposing for his own oeuvre the world's great lost pop hooks, he has breathed melody into tales of bushfires and break-ups, Kirsten Dunst and avocados, sham marriages and drive-in bingo - his contagious deadpan and rapturous orchestration serving up life at its most heartbreaking, loving and absurd.
His first full-length in over five years, the newly released album I Know What Love Isn't uses string-kissed chamber-pop to tell of love from the flipside. Written and recorded between Melbourne and Gothenburg, it features Australian vocalists Sophia Brous - his duet partner on 'Erica America', and Kellie Sutherland of Architecture in Helsinki.
Having celebrated his 500th show in London this September, Jens' live performances are entwined with stories, joyous and intimate. Performing from I Know What Love Isn't for the first time, Jens Lekman and his tenderly illustrated universe descends on The Garden Party as part of a summer of great music.
Piercingly honest songwriting and a sound that is inspired by 90s grunge. Courtney Barnett's husky vocals traverse their way through laid back lyrics alongside bobbing rhythms and quirky guitar riffs. Courtney's definitely not a sweet pop songstress, but she is real and fresh and her witty, poetic lyrics get you hooked.
Melodie Nelson, the solo moniker of Lia Tsamoglou, has created something a little darker and synth-driven on her second album To The Dollhouse, with out compromising the pop hooks and playfulness that market her debut.
A careful balance is typical of To The Dollhouse, a record that proudly evokes the grainy projections of 1960's and 70s cinema, the soundtracks of Dario Argento, and memories of the seedier side of suburbia. Grander and more colourful than it's predecessor, To The Dollhouse sees Melodie Nelson cast herself bravely into her own sonic world.
5.00pm > DJ Aaron Curran
5.45pm > Melodie Nelson
7.15pm > Courtney Barnett
9.00pm > Jens Lekman
This summer, a vacant lot in Southbank becomes your backyard – that is, if your backyard is home to some of the biggest names in Australian and international indie, electro and soul music. Astroturf and street art, deckchairs and DJs, flowers and funk. This is the place to spend warm summer evenings.
The Garden Party is the outdoor music festival with a difference. Join us in the Garden for drinks, great food and the simple pleasure of hearing and seeing your great acts on stage. It happens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 25 January to 17 February.
Where is The Garden Party? On Sturt Street, right next to Melbourne Recital Centre.
Advance Ticket Sales via Moshtix (Online / Phone): $45 + booking fees
Advance Ticket Sales via Melbourne Recital Centre Box Office (in person only): $50
Day of event Ticket Sales are only available at the Door: $55 (subject to availability)
You must be 18+ to attend this event.
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or call Moshtix on 1300 GET TIX (438 849)
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