Sondre Lerche's Don't Be Shallow EP contains four studio recorded songs from the Norwegian singer/songwriter as well as four live tracks recorded in a solo acoustic setting. The four studio songs are as good as the songs on Faces Down, Lerche's stunning debut. In fact, two of the songs were originally slated to appear on the record but were left off at the last minute. "Don't Be Shallow" would have been one of the highlights of the album, a low-key ballad with a steadily building arrangement that starts with acoustic guitar, bongos, and Lerche's angelic vocals and ends up traveling to outer space via weird sound effects and heavily reverbed slide guitar; the other track, "I Know I Know," is also quite nice. The other two studio tracks, "Living Lounge" and "Single Hand Affairs," date from 2001 and were among the first songs Lerche recorded in his newly built home studio. Both of the tracks are atmospheric ballads built around acoustic guitars, angelic vocals, and sound effects. Very nice, laid-back, and poignant tunes. The live tracks include sweet and intimate versions of the first three tracks from Faces Down ("Dead Passengers," "You Know So Well," and an energetic, exciting "Sleep on Needles" that finds Lerche cheekily channeling Marc Bolan for just a second near the end) and a lilting cover of Cole Porter's "Night and Day." Lerche is a talented kid with a big voice and songs to match. Keep an eye on him.
Performance CreditsSondre Lerche Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Sounds
Jorgen Træen Bass,Percussion
Morten Skage Bass
HP Gundersen Organ,Guitar
Technical CreditsCole Porter Composer
Sondre Lerche Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Jorgen Træen Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Loop
Rachael Cassells Cover Photo
Atle Sekkingstad Engineer
Erik J. Worsøe Eriksen Cover Design
HP Gundersen Arranger,Producer
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Don't Be Shallow [EP] based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This EP adds to our apreciation and understanding of this young genious at work. After the fabulous "Faces Down", this EP supplements and paints an even more playfull picture of Sondre Lerche. Left overs from Faces Down that would be most other artist's biggest hits, two home recordings showing how fearless a producer and songwriter Lerche is, and four fantastic solo live cuts, proving that he can pull it off just as well - and even better - all alone, with his Gretsch guitar on stage. His songs know no limits, they are rich in colour, harmony and style. And his voice has matured quite a bit in the live tracks, compared to the earlier studio recordings. All of which leaves us even more hungry for his next full album, due next year (early I hope!).
I am so excited for this cd to come out! I have heard all of the songs that are going to be on it and previewed all the live songs and they are all great. Sondre Lerche is an absolute phenemonon to the music world. After hearing about him on MTV I was hooked, and as soon as I got the cd, Faces Down, I went to a cocert and was blown away! He is definitely at the top of my list!