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Sondre Lerche 6/15/11 + Video

Sondre Lerche 6/15/11 Kelsey McClure
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  • Date Recorded: June 15, 2011
  • Artist / Band: Sondre Lerche
  • Hosting Show: Juxtaposition
  • Sound: Jon Valley
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche draws upon an array of influences -- pop, jazz and psychedelia -- to create songs that speak to experiences that we've all shared at one time or another.

Propelled by a crunchy, fuzzy guitar riff that would make Neil Young take notice, this Live at KDHX session kicks off with "Private Caller," an ode to those relationships that just sneak up on you when you least expect. The line "you didn't need a private caller until I was on the other end" describes the situation perfectly; the happiness of this discovery is noted with phrases like "What a great mess we're in" and the open and honest display of emotion with the three simple words "I like you." The image of a phone conversation in the chorus alludes to the open lines of communication that are necessary in a good relationship.

"Domino" is a cautionary tale, warning the old flame that pops back into your life to keep his or her distance, lest that flame destroy the relationship that has developed since it left. In his lyrics, Lerche recognizes that this former lover isn't the best influence with lyrics like "You were never a clean bill of health." He draws attention to the fact that the subject of the song is no longer considered part of his life with imagery of guarded gates and the fact that the subject is south of the border. The pleading of "Don't come closer" and "One step closer and everything collapses like dominos" shows that Lerche may still have feelings for that person, but has the sense to keep a boundary in place to keep what he has from crashing down around him.

Reluctance to settle down into a routine life and run the risk of parting due to boredom is the theme of "Living Dangerously." The lyrics all point out that while "friends are out mowing the lawn" and stuck with the mundane experiences in life, the singer would rather not compromise his fun and fluid life by settling down. Lerche captures the conflicting thoughts of many people who have met someone they want to be with for the long term, yet can't find themselves willing to settle down and make a commitment right away. Whether it's out of unwillingness to share or fear of losing control, the lyrics, as with so many of his songs, tell the story of lives lived dangerously.

All photos by Kelsey McClure. See more at my Flickr stream.

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