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Sondre Lerche's Intimate Audience

Sondre Lerche at The Mod Club
Sondre Lerche
The Mod Club in Toronto, ON
May 31, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

To promote his new self-titled album, Sondre Lerche jump-started his latest North American tour this past week by setting his feet down first in Toronto.

Sondre Lerche

While Sondre Lerche is a big star in his home country of Norway, he's still working to reach large audiences on North American soil, so his visit to Toronto last week found him performing with The Mod Club's floor two thirds full, at best. But despite the unintentionally intimate crowd of fans, the singer-songwriter spared no expense showing just what's made him so successful on his home turf — a talent that's that sparked six successful albums (at only 28 years old, he's already been recording for a whopping 10 years).

On this night, Sondre started slow out of the gates. Safe, simple tunes like "Private Caller" (from his latest record) made up the first few entries on his set-list, arguably coming up short on the real fervor that makes him stand out as a gifted artist. But even in these light pieces, Lerche's vocal talents were shining brilliantly, showcasing a soaring strength (and a squeaky-clean falsetto) that even put his studio work to shame.

Lerche's gloves did come off after those first few songs, though, and these sticky-sweet tracks gave way to the kind of work for which he's most acclaimed. Indie-pop pieces like "Two Way Monologue", "Go Right Ahead", and the stunningly performed "Red Flags" (a definite highlight of the set) were a flood of rolling melodies and complex pacing, and they found their way to the speakers performed just as flawlessly as the earlier, simpler work.

Naturally, no matter how well-performed they might be, all songs have to end to give way to the next, and Sondre spent every moment in between being as clever and engaging as those spare seconds would allow, while always maintaining the genuine modesty and boyish charm that had the women (and even some of the men) in the audience shouting all the special things they felt for him. Of course, he's had plenty of time to build that kind of comfort on stage while he's perfected his ability to perform. At the age of 28, Sondre Lerche is already seasoned veteran, and Toronto's audience enjoyed a talent that took a decade to hone.

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