Sondre Lerche Announces New Self-Titled Album and Tour Dates (SXSW)

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 Weekly among 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 Ã…dland, 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 on 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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