The beautiful part of music is that it can convey anything from the trivial to the world-changing. At the same time, a song having a serious subject doesn’t mean the music has to be slow and somber. This point is deftly proved on Swedish artist Jens Lekman‘s new song, “Evening Prayer.”

The single follows a man who has survived a fight with cancer and now carries a replica of his tumor around with him. Lekman sings of the relationships in the man’s life and how to handle a friend going through a difficult situation. While this sounds heavy, the upbeat rhythm and lighthearted piano combined with a downright whimsical vocal loop give the track an air of hope and happiness. You can listen to “Evening Prayer” here:

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“Evening Prayer” is from Lekman’s upcoming album, Life Will See You Now. The album is set for release next Friday, February 17, through Secretly Canadian and can be pre-ordered now.

Tour dates:
2/23 Houston, TX @White Oak Music Hall
2/24 Austin, TX @The Mohawk
2/25 Dallas, TX @Club Dada
2/27 Los Angeles, CA @Teragram Ballroom
2/28 San Francisco, CA @The Independent
3/01 San Francisco, CA @The Independent
3/03 Portland, OR @Revolution Hall
3/05 Seattle, WA @Neumos
3/08 Minneapolis, MN @Fine Line Music Cafe
3/09 Chicago, IL @Metro
3/10 Columbus, OH @Wexner Center for the Arts
3/11 Detroit, MI @Magic Stick
3/13 Toronto, ON @The Great Hall
3/15 Boston, MA @Brighton Music Hall
3/16 Washington, DC @U Street Music Hall
3/17 Philadelphia, PA @Union Transfer
3/18 New York, NY @Bowery Ballroom
3/19 Brooklyn, NY @Music Hall of Williamsburg