Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and film score composer from Norway. His album Patience is out now. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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Bio

Sondre Lerche (born September 5, 1982, in Bergen, Norway) is a Norwegian singer, guitarist and songwriter who plays music in a folk/pop style. Sondre Lerche was weaned on the 80's 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, Lerche experimented with original tunes on his own, eventually penning his first song, “Locust Girl" at fourteen. Lerche performed acoustic gigs at the club where his sister worked while he was still under age, and was ‘discovered' by Norwegian producer H.P. Gundersen. Under Gundersen's mentorship, Lerche was exposed to diverse music genres, including psychedelia, 60's 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. His popularity in his home country increased steadily, and in 2000 he recorded his debut album, Faces Down. Faces Down was a hit in Norway and received critical praise in Europe and The United States — Rolling Stone Magazine placed it in their top 50 albums of 2002. He toured in America and Europe. 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. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Talks

Introducing Sondre Lerche’s “Are We Alone Now”

By Sondre Lerche | February 15, 2021

Introducing Sondre Lerche’s “Are We Alone Now”

A new animated video, with some thoughts from the singer-songwriter and the video’s director.

Sondre Lerche In Conversation with Van Dyke Parks

By Sondre Lerche | June 18, 2020

Sondre Lerche In Conversation with Van Dyke Parks

The Norwegian singer-songwriter and the legendary composer/arranger meet from across the world.

Sondre Lerche Talks Christmas Music Fatigue

By Sondre Lerche | December 12, 2015

Sondre Lerche Talks Christmas Music Fatigue

A musician who wrote a new Christmas song talks about how there are too many Christmas songs.

Sondre Lerche Talks Why We Can’t Stop Staring at Lana Del Rey

By Sondre Lerche | October 10, 2015

Sondre Lerche Talks Why We Can’t Stop Staring at Lana Del Rey

A great performer plays with the audience's idea of who the human being behind the character is. Lana Del Rey is a great performer.

Sondre Lerche Talks Brian Eno and Karl Hyde’s High Life

By Sondre Lerche | June 27, 2014

Sondre Lerche Talks Brian Eno and Karl Hyde’s High Life

I was likely the only person to bring half a left-over corn omelette and a new record by Brian Eno and Underworld’s Karl Hyde to Rockaway Beach the...

Sondre Lerche Talks Kylie Minogue’s Kiss Me Once

By Sondre Lerche | March 19, 2014

Sondre Lerche Talks Kylie Minogue’s Kiss Me Once

I remember when I first got word that there existed a new Destiny’s Child song called "Bootylicious." Like many others, I assumed it was a joke.

Sondre Lerche Talks Prefab Sprout’s Crimson Red

By Sondre Lerche | October 15, 2013

Sondre Lerche Talks Prefab Sprout’s Crimson Red

If you held a gun against my head and asked me who my favorite pop group is, I’d have to say Prefab Sprout. I’ve loved Prefab Sprout ever since I...

Sondre Lerche Talks Julia Holter’s Loud City Song

By Sondre Lerche | August 21, 2013

Sondre Lerche Talks Julia Holter’s Loud City Song

A couple of weeks ago on a hot, sunny day in Oslo — a modest, modern city of 600,000 souls and, on that particular day, myself — I woke up feeling...