Scene intern Lance Conzett contributed this post.
Norwegian indie-pop crooner Sondre Lerche announced last week that he's hitting 12th & Porter next year on Feb. 13, supporting his recent release Heartbeat Radio. Most of us know Lerche best as the only bright spot in that miserable Dan in Real Life picture, which starred a toxic combination of Steve Carrell doing little more than collecting a paycheck and Dane Cook being Dane Cook. Lerche's soundtrack for the film, as well as the rest of his work, is underscored by an obsession with the Beach Boys, except without all that mental instability.
Heartbeat Radio isn't my favorite album of the year, but it is incredibly catchy and packed full of memorable refrains. His love for Brian Wilson comes across best on "I Guess It's Gonna Rain Today," but the entire record contrasts a sunny musical disposition against an ever-present lyrical lovesickness that comes off as sincere. In other words, dudes in relationships should be lining up to buy tickets for an almost-Valentine's-Day night out as soon as they go on sale. You can thank me later.
Here's Lerche on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts: