The lyrics cover a symbology that will be familiar to fans of Lekman; the cabs, navigating lonely streets, dealing with injuries of the body and heart, friendship and longing. The music too, is familiar, that idiosyncratic lounge-disco-pop thing he’s done on previous releases, although better developed, better thought out.
The tacks are crowded with horns, flutes, string swells, spoken dialogue breakdowns and West-African style guitar riffs. The fractured textures work impeccably with his voice. His vocal style which has been left to soar over simpler arrangements has to work harder to fit with the shifting, chaotic musicality of this EP. That said, its complexity doesn’t detract from the pleasure of listening to it, it’s as much fun to listen to as anything else he’s done. Titular track An Argument With Myself, with its jangly rhythm, hip conceit and funny lyric is an indie radio hit waiting to happen.
Best Track: An Argument With Myself
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In A Word: Lekmaniacal