Sondre Lerche Details
Lerche doesn’t just transform his suffering into art on “Please” — which was recorded between his hometown of Bergen and Brooklyn, his home-of-nine-years — he shows us how he’s doing it. Trying to see things from every possible angle, he sings “say it to yourself in a different voice” (“Crickets”). The multi-layered vocal arrangement sounds as if we’re simultaneously hearing several different Sondres arriving at the same dead end. This search for understanding continues in “At Times We Live Alone.” It’s unclear as to whether he’s addressing himself or his subject when he repeats the mantra-like, “Try ‘I love you,’ try ‘get angry,’ try ‘go fuck off,’ call a friend.'” These short-lived solutions are futile and in vain. The struggles themselves become the songs.
Lerche has been incredibly busy since the release of his 2011 self-titled LP and his 2012 live album, “Bootlegs.” Aside from touring internationally and releasing his 2013 Scott Walker-cover “The Plague” and “Public Hi-Fi Sessions,” a collaboration with Spoon’s Jim Eno, Lerche spent 2013 creating the celebrated score for his then-wife’s (Mona Fastvold) directorial debut and Sundance hit “The Sleepwalker.”
At once both Lerche’s catchiest and most emotionally intricate offering, “Please” is an altogether different kind of divorce-record, a masterful work unlike anything he has crafted before.