Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Sondre Lerche is thrilled to announce the release of his new self-titled album. Set for a June 7th release on Mona Records, this new collection shines with Sondre's numerous strengths that countless critics and fans have fallen in love with - his advanced melodic instinct, intimate yet refined arrangements and vivid lyricism. All of it seamlessly aligning - confirming Sondre as one of his generation's smartest singer/songwriters. The Norwegian-born, Brooklyn-based artist will hit the road for a four-week North American headlining tour beginning May 31st. To get fans excited, Sondre will perform some very special shows at this year's SXSW Music Conference. Pre-sale info below. 
Praised by Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Stereogum, Filter and Entertainment Weeklyamong others for his experimentation with contrasting musical sounds, this eponymous album contains Sondre's most interesting arrangements and catchy songwriting to date, but also some of his most somber and introspective. But for his sixth album, Sondre's prolific curiosity didn't lead him to a new genre so much as introduce a new level of candidness in his work. 
From the gripping cut-to-the-chase opener "Ricochet" to the uber-catchy "Private Caller," from the naked drama of "Red Flags," the tribal-pop of "Go Right Ahead" and the sly folk of "Living Dangerously," Sondre's new album masterfully captures a raw, spontaneous, instinctive and heartfelt sound that results in a confident artistic statement and arguably Sondre's boldest and best record to date.
In the studio, Sondre wanted to explore his new creative alliances in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighborhood where he's lived on and off for the last six years. "Getting to work with my new friends was one of the highlights of this whole process," says Sondre. The album was recorded - live in the studio - and mixed in a short but intense time period of three-weeks. The sessions included fellow musicians - Midlake drummer McKenzie Smith, longtime producer/collaborator Kato Ådland, Dave Heilman, drummer for Lerche-collaborator Regina Spektor, and co-producer, mixer and owner of Rare Book Room Studio, Nicolas Verhnes (Spoon, Animal Collective). "We recorded a lot of it to tape, forcing ourselves to either commit or burn bridges and move on. We were killing darlings left and right. It was truly liberating."

Fans can participate in an exclusive pre-sale for tickets to Sondre's upcoming tour beginning 8am (EST) on March 2nd, ending 8am (EST) March 3rd. During these 24 hours, fans can also pre-order Sondre's new CD and/or LP. 
TOUR DATES (more to be announced):
SXSW Music Conference - Austin, TX:
March 16th            SXSW Bookstore Signing (1:45pm)                                    
March 16th            Paste Day Party (Stage on Sixth - 6:30pm)                                    
March 17th            Rawkblog Party (The Liberty - 6pm)                                    
March 17th            Yep Roc Music Showcase (Maggie Mae's - 9pm)            
March 18th            Bella Union / Zeitgeist Showcase (Central Presbyterian Church - 11pm) 
Headlining Tour:
May 31st                        Mod Club                                    Toronto, ON
June 1st                        Sala Rossa                                    Montreal, QC
June 2nd                         Paradise                                    Boston, MA
June 3rd                        World Café                                    Philadelphia, PA
June 4th                        The Bowery Ballroom                        New York, NY
June 7th                        The 9:30 Club                                    Washington, DC
June 9th                         Cats' Cradle                                    Carrboro, NC
June 10th                        12th & Porter                                    Nashville, TN
June 11th                        The Variety                                    Atlanta, GA
June 12th                        Workplay                                    Birmingham, AL
June 14th                        Southgate House                        Newport, KY
June 15th                        Old Rock House                        St Louis, MO
June 17th                        Fine Line                                    Minneapolis, MI
June 18th                        Schubas                                    Chicago, IL
June 19th                        Lincoln Hall                                    Chicago, IL
June 21st                        Larimer Lounge                        Denver, CO
June 22nd                        Urban Lounge                                    Salt Lake City, UT
June 24th                        Biltmore                                    Vancouver, BC
June 25th                        The Croc                                    Seattle, WA
June 26th                        Doug Fir                                    Portland, OR
June 28th                        Great American Music Hall            San Francisco, CA
June 29th                        El Rey                                                Los Angeles, CA
June 30th                        Belly Up                                    San Diego, CA

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