Sondre Lerche's brand of pop and rock music has always had a distinguished, fully ripened sensibility about it; but for the songwriter himself, he feels like he's only just entered into a coming-of-age.
The 28-year-old Norwegian describes his transition between writing his previous "Heartbeat Radio" and forthcoming "Sondre Lerche" as "going from being somebody's son to becoming your own man."
"I got very personal, and was dealing a lot with identity," he tells me from the lobby of an Austin hotel at this year's South By Southwest music conference.
Over last few years, Lerche's transitioned from jet-setting to settling, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in a city that is largely known for its feeling of anonymity. Which certainly helps with one's issues of identity, because "Lord knows, I seek attention," he says, sweeping his hair back with intentional exaggeration.
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