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An artist's capability to transform suffering into great work is one of humanity's great phenomena. When considering the "divorce" subcategory of suffering and the "music" subcategory of art, the manifestation has traditionally tended toward the dirge (e.g. Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks," Mitchell's "Blue"). Please, Sondre Lerche's stunning new album, however, is a different animal: despite aligning with a recent divorce from his wife of eight years, it is brimming with crisp electronic flourishes, bold, economic production, and an infectious new energy and sense of purpose.

TRACK LIST
1. Bad Law
2. Crickets
3. Legends
4. At Times We Live
5. Sentimentalist
6. Lucifer
7. After the Exorcism
8. At a Loss for Words
9. Lucky Guy
10. Logging Off

The Sleepwalker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Sondre Lerche & Kato Ådland wrote and performed the soundtrack to the film, The Sleepwalker, which was co-written and directed by Mona Fastvold. The soundtrack is beautiful and at times haunting. It is mostly instrumental, but five of the 16 tracks contain vocals, including "You Sure Look Swell" (vocals by Sondre Lerche) and "Lord I Want to Be a Christian" (vocals by Sylvie Lewis). This album is being made available on 180 gram vinyl and digital download only.

TRACK LIST
1. You Sure Look Swell - Sondre Lerche (vocals)
2. The Barn
3. Car On The Hill
4. Lord I Want To Be A Christian - Sylvie Lewis (vocals)
5. Sleepwalking #1
6. Rituals
7. The Lake #1
8. Palindromes - Sondre Lerche (vocals)
9. Suffocation
10. After You've Gone - Nathalie Nordnes (vocals)
11. Masturbation
12. Sleepwalking #2
13. The Lake #2
14. The Search
15. Father's Closet
16. Take Everything Back - Marit Larsen & Sylvie Lewis (vocals)

Sondre Lerche

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Praised by Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Stereogum, Filter and Entertainment Weekly among others for his experimentation with contrasting musical sounds,Sondre Lerche is the artist's sixth full-length album and his first on his own label, Mona Records. An artistic statement of purpose, this fittingly self-titled album contains not only Sondre's most interesting arrangements and catchy songwriting to date, but also some of his most somber and introspective. The album features longtime producer/collaborator Kato Ådlanddland, Dave Heilman, drummer for Lerche-collaborator Regina Spektor, and co-producer, mixer and owner of Rare Book Room Studio, Nicolas Verhnes (Spoon, Animal Collective).

TRACK LIST
1. Ricochet
2. Private Caller
3. Red Flags
4. Go Right Ahead
5. Coliseum Town
6. Nevermind the Typos
7. Domino
8. Living Dangerously
9. Tied Up to the Tide
10. When the River
11. Wither Street (Bonus Track)

Bootlegs

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After twelve years of being disappointed by professionally recorded live shows Sondre Lerche had almost given up on trying to capture the rawness and chaos of his performances. But hearing this live show recorded in his hometown of Bergen, he knew his sound engineer Erik Freding had done it--"this is as close to the feeling of actually being up there on the stage as I'll ever get on a record," Sondre. And so in honor of his 30th birthday and after ten years of recording albums, Mona Records is proud to release the first official live Sondre Lerche album Bootlegs.

TRACK LIST
1. When The River
2. Airport Taxi Reception
3. Private Caller
4. Two Way Monologue
5. My Hands Are Shaking
6. Domino
7. Phantom Punch
8. Go Right Ahead
9. Sleep On Needles
10. Modern Nature

Heartbeat Radio

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Sondre's fifth album, Heartbeat Radio, was released in 2009 as the 12 song followup to his work on the 'Dan In Real Life' soundtrack. Mixing acoustic guitars and grand gestures of orchestral pop (including string and horn arrangements from High Llamas' Sean O'Hagan), the album maintains the studio polish of debut Faces Down, while mixing in the sense of musical adventure displayed in his later work.

1. Good Luck
2. Heartbeat Radio
3. I Cannot Let You Go
4. Lake Lazenby
5. If Only
6. Pioneer
7. Easy to Persuade
8. Words & Music
9. I Guess It's Gonna Rain Today
10. Almighty Moon
11. Don't Look Now
12. Goodnight

Phantom Punch

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Phantom Punch, Sondre's fourth studio album, was a calculated swerve into the searing rock that'd begun to reveal itself in songs such as "Sleep On Needles" and his increasingly sweaty live shows. Leading up to recording, coffee shop speakers across America were overflowing with sensitive young guitar players with breathy voices and important feelings; something had to be done. "I always felt, it's really nice, but it would be nice if just one of you would just scream or do something," Lerche says. "And I felt, 'Well, if I feel that way, that's my responsibility, because I'm one of those guys!" Phantom Punch finds Sondre rising to that challenge.

In 2012, Mona Records reissued the album on vinyl for the first time ever. Aside from being given the ultimate audiophile treatment, the reissue features various bonus tracks and rarities.

TRACK LIST
1. Airport Taxi Reception
2. The Tape
3. Say It All
4. Phantom Punch
5. Tragic Mirror
6. Face The Blood
7. John, Let Me Go
8. Well, Well, Well
9. After All
10. She's Fantastic
11. Happy Birthday Girl
12. Europa And The Pirate Twins
13. Boxing Day
14. If Now Now, Then When
15. I Know It's The Right Thing To Do

Duper Sessions

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After the brotherly Faces Down and Two Way Monologue, Sondre's third album Duper Sessions sounded like a distant relative. "I was indulging a bit more in my affection for jazz, jazz-related songwriting," Lerche says of the off-the-cuff sessions, done to kill time before hitting the studio for 2007's Phantom Punch.

Making a jazz record presented some hurdles. "[Vocally,] I really didn't have the chops to do it," Lerche says. "My band, except for the piano player, were not jazz musicians. So I thought there was this almost punk rock vibe to us trying to tackle this material that was completely out of our league." Humility aside, if there's strain in these songs, the music don't betray it: his voice is in rare form on tracks such as "Across the Land" and the falsetto-strewn "Nightingales." Drummer Ole Ludvig Kruger anchors the album with a loose groove, shuffling along in "Everyone's Rooting For You" and shifting forward into rock mode on "(I Want To) Call It Love."

In 2012, Mona Records reissued the album on vinyl for the first time ever. Aside from being given the ultimate audiophile treatment, the reissue features various bonus tracks and rarities.

TRACK LISTING
1. Everyone's Rooting For You
2. Minor Details
3. Across The Land
4. The Curse Of Being In Love
5. Dead End Mystery
6. Night And Day
7. Once In A While
8. Human Hands
9. (You Knocked Me) Off My Feet
10. (I Wanna) Call It Love
11. Nightingales
12. I'm Not From Here
13. You Sure Look Swell
14. Lulu-vise
15. The More I See You

Two Way Monologue

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In 2004 Sondre released his sophomore album, Two Way Monologue. Featuring songs such as "On the Tower" and fan favorite "Counter Spark", and picking up where previous album Faces Down left off, the album offers perfect pieces of wry pop that melt into choruses you'd swear you'd heard a hundred times.

In 2012, Mona Records reissued the album on vinyl for the first time ever. Aside from being given the ultimate audiophile treatment, the reissue features various bonus tracks and rarities.

TRACK LISTING
1. Love You
2. Track You Down
3. On The Tower
4. Two Way Monologue
5. Days That Are Over
6. Wet Ground
7. Counter Spark
8. It's Over
9. Stupid Memory
10. It's Too Late
11. It's Our Job
12. Maybe You're Gone
13. Hello Headphones
14. Johnny Johnny Ooh Ooh
15. Don't Fool Around
16. Hoisting The Flag

Faces Down

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Sondre's first album, Faces Down, showcases its singer as an old soul, singing idly of "virtue and wine" with a knowing wink and giving Serge Gainsbourg a run for his avuncular money on coy duet "Modern Nature." The songs seem as gentle as a parent's embrace, until they descend into surprising psych-rock excursions that revealed Lerche's noisier inclinations. The album was compared to the soft sounds of Astralwerks label mates (and Bergen neighbors) Kings of Convenience, among others, though it was Beck's 1998 release Mutations that helped Lerche corner his influences.

In 2012, Mona Records reissued the album on vinyl for the first time ever. Aside from being given the ultimate audiophile treatment, the reissue features various bonus tracks and rarities.

TRACK LIST
1. Dead Passengers
2. You Know So Well
3. Sleep On Needles
4. Suffused With Love
5. Side Two
6. Modern Nature
7. Virtue And Wine
8. On And Off Again
9. No One's Gonna Come
10. All Luck Ran Out
11. Things You Call Fate

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