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Sondre Lerche

SomaFM presents

Sondre Lerche

TEEN

Thu, Oct 9, 2014

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00

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Sondre Lerche
Sondre Lerche
Brooklyn-based Norwegian singer/songwriter/composer/guitarist. His eclectic and richly melodic debut, 'Faces Down,' written and recorded at 16, was named among the best albums of the year, and listed as one of the most remarkable debuts of 2002 by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Follow-up 'Two Way Monologue' was an Album Of The Year in Uncut Magazine and solidified Lerche's global momentum. He toured extensively across the world both solo, with his band, and opening for artists such as Air, Stereolab and Elvis Costello, appearing on stages such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall.

In 2006 Lerche released the jazz-inflected Billboard Jazz Top 5 album, 'Duper Sessions,' followed by 'Phantom Punch' -- his first album not recorded in Norway -- as well as his acclaimed Original Soundtrack for the 2007 Steve Carell/Juliette Binoche hit movie 'Dan In Real Life,' where Lerche also appeared in a cameo as himself.

Having relocated to Brooklyn, Lerche's countless dynamic live performances, often completely alone on stage, continued to reach new listeners, while his music continuously explored new themes and styles.

2009's 'Heartbeat Radio' won US critical acclaim, including from the LA Times: "No matter what genre he's working in -- fuzzy garage rock, breezy vocal jazz, acoustic folk-pop -- this young Norwegian singer-songwriter crafts catchier choruses than many musicians who've been working twice as long as he has. His refrains always pay off."

In 2010, Lerche co-wrote the song "Dear Laughing Doubters" for another Carell hit comedy, 'Dinner For Schmucks.'

In 2011 he appeared on David Letterman's "Late Show" for the second time, performing a song from his self-titled (and first self-released) album, of which Rolling Stone Magazine said, "The man has grown since his early-2000s days as an indie-pop prodigy: Now a dependably intriguing wordsmith, he still shows no shortage of unusually intelligent quirks."

In 2012 Lerche was honored to appear on an official postage stamp in Norway.

2014 saw the release of his celebrated dissonant and mostly ambient score for the Sundance indie-hit movie 'The Sleepwalker,' and a new career peak, the album 'Please,' which Popmatters called "a pop masterpiece," while naming it one of the best albums of the year. 2017 sees Lerche embarking on a new world tour, starting in Norway in January.
TEEN
TEEN
Since 2002, TEEN's lead singer/songwriter, Teeny Lieberson, has been playing in bands around New York City, eventually becoming the keyboard player for the indie-psych band Here We Go Magic in 2008. During a hiatus from the band in the winter of 2009, Teeny wrote a five-song EP Little Doods, the foundation of TEEN's full-length, In Limbo. Working with many of the songs written that winter with the desire to expand the sound from four-track/lo-fi to a fully flushed out sound, Teeny recruited her sisters, Lizzie and Katherine, along with long- time friend, Jane Herships and best friend since childhood, Maia Ibar, to become members of TEEN.

TEEN spent the summer of 2011 recording In Limbo in Maia's family barn in rural Connecticut, engineered by Jen Turner of Here We Go Magic.

In Limbo was mixed and produced in collaboration with producer Pete Kember (Spacemen 3 / Spectrum). Kember, a.k.a. Sonic Boom, first heard the band via an early video while he was mixing Panda Bear's Tomboy at Blanker Unsinn studio in Brooklyn, and after hearing some demos, signed up to produce a full LP of their material as soon as possible.

The band decided their best move was to record the LP in the back country atmosphere of Connecticut, with the recording and initial mixes starting there. Further work was done at MGMT's Blanker Unsinn facility with the final mixing and mastering taking place in the UK at Sonic Boom's New Atlantis Studio.

TEEN's sound relies heavily on its vocal arrangements and harmonies. The music is strengthened by the flawless vocal connections between family and friends. The songs on the album are a reflection of change and loss – loss of loved ones, loss of relationships and sitting in the space of the unknown – in limbo. They reflect on how times such as these can give birth to powerful creative moments, and also solidify bonds in relationships between friends and family. The songs are mysterious and dark, exploring the many sensitivities and emotions that a person endures during these critical and life-changing experiences.

The band have played consistently since Winter 2010, including performances with Purity Ring, War on Drugs and Yellow Ostrich and most recently, Ariel Pink, Santigold, Frankie Rose, Dean Wareheim and Hospitality.
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