“Think swoonsome pop at its most non-cynical but with a left-field twist, like Rufus Wainwright or Ed Harcourt. A real find.” **** Uncut
“This thinking person’s pop star writes ornate, Sunday-morning melodies that suggest a composer twice his age.” Rolling Stone
Following the release of his recently acclaimed second album, Two Way Monologue, Sondre Lerche will be coming to the UK to play four one-off solo shows for the Barfly. This will be a rare chance to see one of the most exciting and accomplished songwriters of current times, showcase his brand of unashamed, eloquent and celebratory leftfield pop music in an intimate setting.
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Two Way Monologue is an album of astonishing maturity and vividly melodic songs. From the fragile acoustics of the melancholic It’s Too Late to the almost symphonic variations of the title track and on to the uplifting shiny pop candy of On The Tower, it’s an album of breath-taking diversity and imagination that refreshes popular music as a creative force. The album is steeped in beautiful arrangements, from the accordion on Maybe You’re Gone to the pedal steel on Stupid Memory via the French horn on the instrumental Love You.
With influences covering the classic and timeless end of pop songwriting- Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, Van Dyke Parks, Steely Dan, Cole Porter, High Llamas, Jeff Buckley and a name check in the sleevenotes to the ‘McAloon Brothers’- Sondre sounds like nothing else in the contemporary pop firmament. Although Rufus Wainwright and Ed Harcourt, who Sondre recently toured the US with, are perhaps the closest comparisons.
UK tour dates:
13.09 London Barfly (020 7691 4244)
14.09 Glasgow Barfly (0141 204 5700)
15.09 Liverpool Barfly (0151 707 6171)
16.09 Cardiff Barfly (02920 396 589)