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Monday, December 15, 2008

Arctic Death: A Salute to Winter Weather - Part Two

Posted by Rob Simonsen on Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 11:03 AM


Ever since having my mind blown by Swedish vampire flick Let the Right One In, one song has been stuck in my mind on constant rotation: "The Cold Swedish Winter" by Jens Lekman. Really, how can that picture of Oskar in the snow above not make you yearn for some time in the frozen forests of Sweden?

While it is not his best song by any means (I'll defend Lekman to the death, but his rhyming of chili with chilly is cringe-worthy), there are so many poignant, sweet, and utterly sad parts to it that it complements Right One perfectly. He sings about wanting to kiss his new lady-friend because he likes her and not because they're stuck in a blizzard together, but then follows that up with the chorus of, "The cold Swedish winter is right outside, and I just want somebody to hold me through the night." He's vulnerable and desperate, two feelings that run throughout Right One, and two things that seem to go hand in hand with being lonely in the wintertime.

Sweden may only—according to Cliff Richards—be porn and gonorrhea, but between the gentle croon of Jens Lekman and the incredible sweetness of Let the Right One In, I don't know if there is any place I would rather be more.


Jens Lekman - "The Cold Swedish Winter"


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