Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche spent much of 2013 recording the soundtrack to The Sleepwalker, the directorial debut of his then-wife Mona Fastvold. Shortly after the film’s completion, though, the couple filed for divorce, and Lerche retreated into the studio. Having worked through a wellspring of pain and disappointment, Lerche now emerges with his seventh studio album, Please, due out later this fall via his own Mona Records imprint.
Though he’s made a career out of his cheery optimism and catchy, alt-pop hooks, Lerche undertakes an emotional and creative 180 within the album’s 10 tracks. According to a press release, “For the first time in his career, Lerche is presented unraveled. The moans and wails are unedited, and the cutting room floor is clean. Lerche has always written about love, but never in such a primal, sexual way. His well-proven melodic instincts are sharper than ever, but he’s moved from the brain to the body, from the soulful to the physical.”
(via Consequence of Sound)