The best Norwegian import ever, named Sondre Lerche, recently hit up the Norwegian Short Film Festival (to support his wife, Mona, who made her film debut in one of the shorts).

 

This indie pop crooner’s been around for years, having started his career at 18, and even acknowledged as a buzzworthy talent on MTV back in 2001.  Each album keeps getting better (five albums under his belt).  He even took a bit of a departure with one collection, The Duper Sessions, and experimented with contemporary jazz .  It worked.  He returned to his indie pop sound with ’07’s Phantom Punch, only to become victim of the music industry’s pitfalls and later dropped by label Astralwerks.  Since then, he continues to sell out shows in the US (and abroad), and record new tracks – a new album is due in the fall of ’09 (label TBA).   Still, he remains relatively unknown.

 

Watch a clip from the festival, and check out his first Late Show/Letterman experience, in support of Dan In Real Life– the Steve Carell film he scored – completely.  Funny to see him be happy as a pig in sh*t while performing…

 

Check out his tracks on his myspace now – he’s great.  I don’t really need to sell him to you (although I kind of just tried really hard) – he sells himself.

Ed-G.

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  1. jayvee says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sondre — all thanks to you. It happened one night at the Bowery Ballroom. You called me and asked me to go to see a “Norwegian pop singer.” Hesitant, I said yes, cause let’s face it I had nothing else to do. Sondre captivated me from the moment he took the stage with his witty crowd banter, good looks, and pitch-perfect voice. But there was a defining moment that went from “like to love” during his performance when he glanced at me through his bangs and shouted “REMIX,” which sounded like “WEE-MIX” thanks to his accent. My heart melted. Since that moment on, he’s made eye contact with me several times, including during his performance at Joe’s Pub. You remember that night right? Seriously we shared a moment. I digress.

    Awesome stage banter aside, this dude is the real deal — crazy talented song-writer who people should know about — though, is it bad that I want him to be my (ok, our) secret? I mean, what if others start chatting him up after shows about t-shirt lyrics and size comparisons?

    • theedgitator says:

      The “Remix” night was a special one because “wee-mix” hasn’t resurfaced in his stage banter in the following (two or three) shows we went to. It’s hard not to love the guy – everyone that I’ve introduced to him (both to his music and by the merch table, because, well, that’s what I do), can’t help but become a huge fan. We were even there to see his finger give out on the guitar – the first time he’s gotten a cramp on his finger while playing. He would even allow us to return a shirt we bought from him if we tried it on at home and the look wasn’t working. Now the whole eye-contact thing….yes, I saw that happen a few times, and both times, I felt like I was being cheated on. At one point I thought: “Excuse me? Get a room!” So because of my evident jealousy, I understand wanting to keep him a secret. Now if only I could get him to send me that Pool Party EP that he sold at his last NYC show when I was out of town….
      Work your magic and ask him for me?!

  2. jayvee says:

    Surely. Send me his email addy — I know you have it.

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