Norweigan singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche mastered a lot of music from beyond his hometown—he’s a student of world. His latest album, a self-titled sixth album, touches on the sound of America, Rock ‘n Roll, with an undercurrent of complex guitar rhythms. If you’re curious about his musical past, who he believes contributed significantly to music, or what he listens to before a show, read (and listen) below.
Five Questions with Sondre Lerche
- Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
Sondre Lerche: Van Dyke Parks is an amazing composer, arranger and all around guy whose work and spirit I really treasure. His album Song Cycle is a great, wild place to start.
- If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
SL: I’ve yet to hear Meaninglessness by Jon Brion. It seems impossible to come by and I’m really curious what it sounds like. Also looking for A Tabua de Esmeralda and Africa Brasil by Jorge Ben.
- Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
SL: Pretty much anything that was playing on MTV from 89 to 92.
- We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
- We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
SL: lots of things I won’t bore you with