MORE

Sondre Lerche; here, in arms

Had he come of age in the '70s during the golden age of the singer/songwriter, Sondre Lerche (pronounced "Sonder Lerkay") would likely be an international star rather than a Norwegian phenom/cult favorite. Lerche took to music early and recorded his acclaimed debut Faces Down at 18. It displayed versatility and pop sophistication well beyond his years, exploring Beatles-esque melodies, swelling Brill Building elegance, the sentimental soft rock of Harry Nilsson and even Brazilian bossa nova. His willowy tenor possesses the fey air of a cool autumn breeze, at times suggesting a less theatrical Rufus Wainwright. Indeed, Lerche's unassuming manner and sly lyrical wit tend to imbue his songs with unpretentious everyman charm. His debut made him a star in Norway and found critical support in America, though somewhat diminished by Lerche's wide-ranging tastes; subsequent albums explored jazz, (inspired by a tour supporting Elvis Costello) punchy new wave rock and movie soundtracks (Steve Carell-vehicle Dan in Real Life). However, Lerche brought it all into focus with 2009's Heartbeat Radio. Easily his finest release, it consolidates his varied interests in a lyrically sharp, well-wrought effort. His new self-titled album follows that same thread showcasing his skill as one of the most gifted pop craftsmen since Elliott Smith.

Use Current Location

Related Location

miles
House of Blues

Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >