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CALIFORNIA FOCUS / RELEASE: Of Solo Pleasure Exclusively for Black Friday Record Store Day



(New York, NY) - Released earlier this year, Sondre Lerche's acclaimed album Pleasure surprised and delighted many for being a dance party of disarray, diving headfirst into the trappings of desire and regret. If Pleasurewas the musical equivalent of ordering another drink at the club at 3AM, his new release is the musical equivalent of the morning after. Solo Pleasure is an introspective re-imagining of these ten songs, shining a light on their lyrical core. His vocals are front and center, raw and exposed, and showcase his versatility as a singer. He can get close to the mic as a gravelly baritone, step back and belt it out as an alto, and deliver a vulnerable falsetto all with equal effectiveness.

The bold technicolor pop arrangements have been replaced with a single guitar, and contrary to the original studio album's inventive and often electronic production, Solo Pleasure was recorded to analog tape, in one take, at Studio Paradiso in Oslo, Norway. As such, every one of Lerche's strains and hesitations is preserved rather than edited out and polished over.

This all brings out a beauty and sadness from the heart of the songs that fans may have missed, if only listening peripherally to the studio album's bombastic arrangements. Solo Pleasure is a perfect example of how great songs lend themselves to multiple interpretations.

In celebration of more than a hundred shows worldwide on this year's infinite Pleasure world tour, as well as the success of Pleasure, Analog Spark and PLZ celebrate the craft of songwriting and solo performance with a special limited edition release, Solo Pleasure pink marble colored vinyl, exclusively available on Black Friday Record Store Day at indie record stores.

Sondre will be performing exclusive engagements of An Evening of Solo Pleasure at The McKittrick Hotel in New York this October 24th, and in Los Angeles at Largo on January 20th of next year.

Concert Dates:

October 24 - The Heath @ The McKittrick Hotel - New York, NY January 20 - Largo - Los Angeles, CA

About Sondre Lerche:

Lerche is a Brooklyn-based Norwegian singer/songwriter/composer/guitarist. His eclectic and richly melodic debut, Faces Down, written and recorded at 16, was named among the best albums of the year, and listed as one of the most remarkable debuts of 2002 by Rolling Stone Magazine. His follow-up Two Way Monologue was an Album Of The Year in Uncut Magazine and solidified Lerche's global momentum. He toured extensively across the world both solo, with his band, and opening for artists such as Air, Stereolab and Elvis Costello, appearing on stages such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall.

In 2006 Lerche released the jazz-inflected Billboard Jazz Top 5 album, Duper Sessions, followed by Phantom Punch - his first album not recorded in Norway - as well as his acclaimed Original Soundtrack for the 2007 Steve Carell/Juliette Binoche hit movie "Dan In Real Life," where Lerche also appeared in a cameo as himself.

2009's Heartbeat Radio won US critical acclaim, including from the LA Times: "No matter what genre he's working in - fuzzy garage rock, breezy vocal jazz, acoustic folk-pop - this young Norwegian singer-songwriter crafts catchier choruses than many musicians who've been working twice as long as he has. His refrains always pay off".

In 2011 he appeared on David Letterman's Late Show for the second time, performing a song from his self-titled (and first self-released) album, of which Rolling Stone Magazine said, "the man has grown since his early-2000s days as an indie-pop prodigy: Now a dependably intriguing wordsmith, he still shows no shortage of unusually intelligent quirks".

In 2012 Lerche was honored to appear on an official postage stamp in Norway.

2014 saw the release of his celebrated dissonant and mostly ambient score for the Sundance indie-hit movie, "The Sleepwalker," and a new career peak, the album Please, which Pop Matters called "a pop masterpiece", while naming it one of the best albums of the year.

About Analog Spark:

Analog Spark is the audiophile imprint of Razor & Tie focused on the reissue of classic and acclaimed albums on 180-gram vinyl and SACD. The label insists on using the original master tapes, best mastering engineers and pressing plants to ensure that their releases are of the highest quality. In doing so, Analog Spark has established itself as one of the preeminent audiophile reissue labels in the country.

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