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In which Sondre Lerche discovers the Strokes

November 5, 2007

Sondre Lerche

I honestly don’t have a lot of time for the Arctic Fratellis and their ilk – much the way I’ve felt about all the “rock revival” movements since my late teens. And don’t they just seem to pop up biannually? If this is an odd numbered year, then bugger me… rock must be back.

But to tell you the truth, Norwegian twenty-something troubador Sondre Lerche’s recent discovery of punk-revival tempos and distorted guitars is welcome as far as I’m concerned. There’s nothing revolutionary about it, because it just makes him sound a lot like those famous NYC hipsters that brought the R-word back in 2001, whereas before he sounded like Paul McCartney.

Nevertheless, the guy’s songs circa 2004’s Two Way Monologue were probably a bit too mellow before and they have benefited from the new energy. Lerche is all of 25 years old and has been bashing out songs since his teens, so a bit of stylistic change is to be expected. And he’s retained both his spectacular gift for a melody and his lovestruck-Romeo histrionics – a world away from the cynicism of much new rock.

So – a toast to new developments and may they result in the absolutely killer album I’m sure he has stored up in him. Some old stuff and some new stuff.

Sondre Lerche – “On the Tower”

Sondre Lerche – “She’s Fantastic”

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