Sondre Lerche Closes American Tour at Home Tonight in Williamsburg

June 30th, 2015

Sondre Lerche’s major-label debut, Faces Down (stream it below), came out 13 years ago, when the Norwegian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was just 19. Of course, by then, he’d already been playing the guitar for 11 years, so it wasn’t that much of a stretch. Nevertheless, as his musical interests have grown beyond the ’80s music he grew up on, like A-ha, to psychedelia, ’60s pop and other genres, Lerche’s albums have covered some surprising depth. His jazz-influenced Duper Sessions (stream it below) came out in 2006. And after touring with Elvis Costello and witnessing Costello’s energy and interaction with his band night after night, Lerche put out an album of quick-and-to-the-point, upbeat rock tunes, Phantom Punch (stream it below), in 2007. Since then Lerche (above, doing “Bad Law” for 89.7 WTMD FM) has made a home for himself in Brooklyn while remaining busy touring and recording. His seventh studio album, Please (stream it below), came out last year. “Please is a jolt to the system primarily because Lerche has never taken this many risks on an LP; he sounds as much like himself as he ever has, but he’s also managed to maintain his musical identity all the while pushing himself in directions that few would have expected before,” according to PopMatters. “A pop masterpiece, something that elevates his once seemingly unassertive style to a whole new level.” Lerche closes out his American tour with a hometown show tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Arrive early to see the openers, Delicate Steve’s Steve Marion and Jonas Alaska.