Seems like Animal Collective couldn’t keep themselves from topping most every list that came out this Listmas, even that of the Norwegian singer-songwriting Brooklyn transplant Sondre Lerche. Instead of conforming to the consensus pick of “My Girls,” though, Lerche told us his “favorite song of the year” was the swirling Merriweather gem “Bluish.” (See the full list here.) And in honor of it touching him so, Sondre’s memorialized his love for the Collective’s love song by bunkering in a Brooklyn basement — armed with just a guitar, a voice, and an honorary late-breaking splash of weirdo effects — to tape a cover for all to enjoy. It’s going out as a Christmas Eve gift to his mailing list tomorrow, but Mr. Lerche’s kindly sharing it with us now, to help all of us get through this last shopping day. Enjoy.

For some original Lerche, try “Good Luck” and “Heartbeat Radio” from his 2009 release Heartbeat Radio. And may all your Christmases be blui

Comments (41)
  1. Nebraska  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    The Garfunkel treatment…Proves the power of the melody by itself…

  2. goldengirl  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    i’ve seen him around bedford ave. nice dude! god jul sondre!

  3. Drew  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    This is fantastic! :)

  4. natasha  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    great job!

  5. michaelways  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    What a lovely Christmas Eve Eve treat :)

  6. Sondre’s cover reminds me that Bluish is actually a great song, just that AC wrapped it up in way to much arrangement.

  7. Billy  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    Such a nice treat to wake up to. Thank you.

  8. yomomma  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    That was great. I was a little sad when it was over.

  9. mfortune  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    this guy is so great, I met him a couple years back at Bumbershoot when there were like 12 people in the audience and he only had an acoustic guitar, but what a great rendition of this! his full list of favorites is spot on as well.

  10. this is really great

    If any ones intrested in great albums, listen to ” Two way Monologue”, great CD

  11. He has a Spartacus chin

  12. Paul  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    Even before listening to his cover, I like this guy… because Bluish is my favorite song off MPP.

  13. Mel  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    gorgeous! bluish is an amazing song — lovely to its brilliance shine through simplicity.

  14. I’m really glad that he chose this. I’m apparently one of the few that wasn’t blown away by MPP, but I absolutely obsessed over “Bluish.”

    Fuck “My Girls.”

  15. nice  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    Nice one Sondre, sounds great!

  16. ben  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    Sounds so good! Definitely my favorite song on the album for sure, and this is such a great interpretation. Sondre is too underrated.

  17. frankly  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    ehh, this cover’s ok. there’s a reason this song wasn’t recorded like this in the first place…
    One of the best tunes on MPP, for sure.

  18. Bushmen  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    Oh Man! He’s a bush diver! He’s probably been laying in that bush for hours. Try it out sometime. Its liberating!

  19. thanks sondre, we love you!

  20. NOVAK GROZNI  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009 0

    WONDERFUL!This is my favourite cover this year!

  21. AC should do an unplugged MMP; it’ll show all the naysayers how talented they are and that its not all just hype.

  22. tuckweed  |   Posted on Dec 24th, 2009 0

    I was skeptical reading this headline, but I think this is actually pretty damn lovely.

  23. cj  |   Posted on Dec 25th, 2009 0

    wow. this shows how great this song actually is. no swirling electronica…. the song stands tall in any arrangement

  24. i absolutely love it!

  25. Isn’t it funny how artists you listened to years ago and have completely forgotten about somehow find your attention again?

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