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Sondre Lerche

By the time Sondre Lerche had released his major-label debut (2002's critically acclaimed Faces Down), the 19-year-old Norwegian was already a veteran of the music industry. Signed to Virgin Norway in 2000, Lerche released the chart-topping EP You Know So Well in February 2001. A commercially successful follow-up EP, No One's Gonna Come, was released in June of the same year, accompanied by numerous local performances and increasing industry buzz. Lerche's distinctive voice and natural talent for writing appealing pop tunes that were alternately sunny and melancholic quickly established him as a definite contender for significance throughout Europe and beyond.

Born and raised in Bergen, Norway, Lerche was weaned on the '80s pop that emanated from his older siblings' rooms. Compelled by a defining fascination for bands such as a-ha, the Beach Boys, and Prefab Sprout, Lerche began formal guitar instruction at age eight. Not satisfied with the lessons at school, he experimented with original tunes on his own, eventually penning his first song, "Locust Girl," at 14. Lerche performed acoustic gigs at the club where his sister worked while he was still underage, and was "discovered" by Norwegian producer HP Gundersen. Under Gundersen's mentorship, Lerche was exposed to diverse music genres, including psychedelia, '60s pop, and mainstream Brazilian music, broadening his appreciation for eclectic music styles. Around this time Lerche also met up with Oslo-based manager Tatiana Penzo, leading up to a deal with Virgin Norway.

The songs from Faces Down had been completed before winter 2000 but postponed for release until Lerche fulfilled several academic requirements. In the interim, he was named Best New Act at the Norwegian Grammys (Spellemannprisen) and performed locally in support of major acts such as Beth Orton. Faces Down was officially released in Norway in September 2001 and gradually throughout all of Europe. Lerche toured with various acts, including a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the stage with his longtime idols a-ha in Oslo. Autumn 2002 saw the release of Faces Down in America and Lerche's first major tour of the United States. He treated fans with the live/studio EP Don't Be Shallow the following year. Lerche got personal for his sophomore effort, Two Way Monologue, which appeared in spring 2004 and furthered the chamber pop sound of its predecessor.

For his next album, Lerche took a stylistic diversion and recorded an album of low-key, jazz-influenced tunes with a small mostly acoustic version of his Faces Down band. Duper Sessions was released in 2006 and reached number five in the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz chart. While touring that year with Elvis Costello, Lerche was inspired by Costello's energy and interaction with his group. This led Lerche and the Faces Down to record a batch of short, punchy rock songs for 2007's Phantom Punch.

Among the fans of Lerche's work was director Peter Hedges, who was looking for someone to provide music for his 2007 film Dan in Real Life -- someone to be his Cat Stevens (Harold and Maude) or Simon & Garfunkel (The Graduate). He chose Lerche, and the soundtrack featured a mix of songs from his back catalog and some newly recorded tracks. In 2009, Lerche released a new album, the sophisticated Heartbeat Radio, which doubled as his debut for the Rounder label. A self-titled album followed in 2011, featuring collaborations with Midlake percussionist McKenzie Smith and Lerche's longtime producer Kato Ådland. To celebrate his 30th birthday in 2012, Lerche released his first live album, Bootlegs, and reissued his first four albums on vinyl with bonus tracks. Before his next album, Lerche and his wife of eight years divorced, which gave 2014's Please a bitingly personal lyrical feel. ~ Roxanne Blanford & Tim Sendra, Rovi
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Comments

Sondre is one of my favorite genre of music. I do like him personally as well as a musician. He is GREAT. Anytime you want to meet Sondre please let me know and I will be there... One of your favorite fans.....
Dan and Marie in Real Life!
natalia.nara n j o 9 4
He has an amazing stage presence and is a true talent not only in voice but in writing and with his guitar. Truly an experience to see him live.
bbhulse1
Truly talented. One of my favorites. Also very personable and down to earth in person. He is awesome live, go see him if you haven't already!
mccarty41
This guy is like fresh air. The musical arrangement is eclectic and brilliant. The lyrics, enchanting.
I agree with everyone, I love Rufus, Regina, and Joss. Anyone who likes him might like Brendan Bensen or Matt Costa, also.
those who like S.LERCHE (might) like RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
I agree with J-P
He, Regina, and Joss...the Holy Trinity.
I love sondre lerche he is so awesome i love his music!
had the lovely pleasure of meeting him on Monday after watching him play for a small crowd, down to earth, charismatic, charming, talented and amazing person!!! I LOVE SONDRE LERCHE!!!
evanbryner
Just flat out good music.
*Swoon* My lovely Norwegian fellow, how I dream about the day he will serenade me.
I got hooked when Dan In Real Life came out. AN organic sound, indeed. My shmokin' man-fellow.
supamonkie4u
To the person below (Jon Brown-Stepan ) Not a wise idea to post your address on a public sight. Just sayin.....

Oh and I love Sondre Lerche's sound. Great artist.
Sondre.... I LOVE YOU MAN... You totally rock my world. I love everything you do and I mean everything.. . sometimes I wish I was there to help you out when need. Look I would love to have a life size poster of you send to this address:
Jonathan B.
1509 NE 5th Ct
Unit 2N
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301
and please send me your tour list because I will be there where ever you are my friend. I just love you must. Not in Love with you like that but I tell you you are pretty hot..... and I wil no
cr917lover
i love how he is something fresh and new
flynnbm4
People told me this kid was good. They were right.
A true artist, with true intentions. Can only imagine the great music that will come out of him as he gets older, experiences life...
I love this guy!! His music is so great and original!! I love his voice and sound! One of the big reasons I love Dan in Real Life is because of him!
This guy is amazing! His voice is smooth like velvet! I have a HUGE collection of his work! He has an awesome song with Regina Spektor called "Hell No"! Everytime I listen to him I thank "Dan In Real Life" for bringing him to my attention!
i know he is amazimg on the
dan in real life soundtrack.
i love when actors bring ourth singers
who few people heard of and thier
music turns out to be amazing like sondre lerche
catchilupi
Currently my fav artist. Exquisite song writing, musically and lyrically. Tons of variety, alternative, folk, jazz, punk.
WCWedin
I picked up on Jason Mraz from a live performance on some talk show shortly after his craptastic Waiting for My Rocket dropped. He still seemed like a pretty good live act, so I was going to catch him in concert with this funny-named Sondre Lerche guy. I never did get the tickets, but I did check out Mr. Lerche, and I've been hooked ever since. I still only own Faces Down; it's a sin that I don't have the whole collection, but Pandora has convinced me to pick it up as soon as I have the cash.
121jas
Someone give Dan a plate of cookies. Lerche is epic!
seriously, "Dan in Real Life", thank you for bringing forth this amazing artist to my attention!!! I love this guy!!!
Fantastic... l o v e him!
catchilupi
Dan in Real Life...a surprising good movie. Sondre Lurche, a musical phenom.
yup i too would have missed his musical genius if it weren't for Dan...and his life...reall y
if you watch the bonus features it talks about him and his work for the movie,
really brilliant
i agree with emiala; Thank you Dan In Real Life!
<3

Thank you, Dan In Real Life, for introducing me to this music.
Sondre: lively, energetic and a great deal of fun. Woohoo! Thanks Norway!

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