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Sondre Lerche
Solo Pleasure Vinyl

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 “Pleasure” was the musical equivalent of ordering another drink at the club at 3 AM, 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 on a special limited edition “Solo Pleasure” pink marble colored vinyl, released on Black Friday as an official Record Store Day release.

Sondre Lerche

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