Jens Lekman’s spending “Summer in 3/4 Time”

jens-bells-blog1I love the little notes and updates I get from Jen’s Lekman’s Smalltalk mailing list. Sometimes I’m invited to a backyard concert in Melbourne, (Ms. Parsons sends her regrets) and sometimes there’s some new music. Today I received a note from my favorite Swedish singer/songwriter that revealed that he was so inspired after remixing Au Revoir Simone’s “Shadows” from 4/4 to 3/4 time that he began hunting for songs in that time signature:

“It was all a big swirl. After a while I heard it everywhere. In soul ballads, in polyrhythmical african pop, in old movies. In the ocean waves tumbling in against the shore, in the beat of a lovers heart. One two three, one two three…”

Jen’s “Summer in 3/4 Time” mix begins with the aforementioned spliced and diced “Shadows” remix before heading off into a diverse collection of pop songs, film audio clips, a remix of the Morning Benders’ instant classic “Excuses,” and an abstract sample of John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” for the coda. You can download the file here, or just click below for the Soundcloud copy. The tracklist follows below.

01 Au Revoir Simone – Shadows (Jens Lekman’s remix)
02 Barbara Mason – Oh How It Hurts
03 Thomas Mapfumo – Madiro
04 The Morning Benders – Excuses
05 Dialogue from Gregory’s Girl (1981)
06 Chad & Jeremy – Everyone’s Gone To The Moon
07 Music and dialogue from Day Of The Locust (1975)
08 Eggstone – Birds In Cages
09 Pete Drake – Forever
10 Armando Mantovani – Around the World
11 Dialogue from Puberty Blues (1981)
12 Jane Morgan & the Troubadours – Fascination
13 Armando Trovajoli – L’Amore Dice Ciao
14 Sharon O’Neill – Puberty Blues
15 Like A Sleepy Blue Ocean (remix of John Denver’s “Annie’s Song”)