Jens Lekman - “Maple Leaves

The Avalanches built their classic Since I Left You from samples of AM-radio gold and kicked off the party with a simple greeting: Welcome to paradise. On his 2003 single “Maple Leaves”, Jens Lekman tries a similar trick, pulling samples from The Mamas and The Papas, The Left Banke and Glen Campbell, but for a hapless romantic like Jens such paradise is bewildering. He can scarcely understand his companion here, confusing “make believe” for “maple leaves” and The Fall for autumn. Such miscommunication he warns will drive him to madness—and so goes poor Jens, a casualty to make-believe.