Young Sondre Lerche has an intriguing new album out on
Rounder called Heartbeat Radio.
It's the latest in a longish string of releases dating back to 2001 in
which the clear-eyed and sweet yet musically sophisticated
singer-songwriter has gently lifted the pop form ever higher with songs
that, while packed to bursting with joy and wonder and a touch of lovelorn
woe and all that, contain buried between the notes a bit of mystery and
intrigue of a purely musical nature.
While the super-accessible Heartbeat gives every indication of being chock-full of
potential Big Chart Hits, Lerche remains, refreshingly, in seeming
service to his restless muse, which
can lead him to unusual places. The album was co-produced by Lerche's
longtime collaborator Kato Adland and features a few numbers arranged by
of the High Llamas, who'd added such magic to a couple of Lerche's earlier
In this conversation, Lerch and I attempt to
crack the code of what exactly it is that makes a song memorable. What we found out may surprise you...
BLUEFAT: Where are you, Sondre?
SONDRE LERCHE: I'm at home in Williamsburg. I feel very fortunate,
because I have a tiny plot of land, a sort of backlot, outside my
apartment; I'm sitting outside in the sun.
You've been living in
the States for some time now. Are you still splitting your time between New
York and Norway?
Yeah, I guess for a while I
was going back and forth a lot. Last couple of years I've lived here - I
lived in Manhattan for a while and the last year I spent in Brooklyn, so
now I spend most of my time here. Of course, when I'm not out playing.