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Sondre Lerche – “Violent Game”

Norwegian pop songwriter Sondre Lerche is gearing up for the release of his upcoming new album Pleasure. We’ve already heard the LP’s dynamic singles “I’m Always Watching You” and “Soft Feelings,” and today we’re premiering a third. “Violent Game” is a charming little tune, or at least so it seems. After a minute of whimsical guitar shuffling, the drums rush in, soon followed by the bass — and off we’re running as Lerche waxes moribund romance for an increasingly propulsive seven minutes. The song takes a number of twists and turns throughout its runtime, but it always swings back towards that jittery guitar center and Lerche’s loose, skipping vocals. “I don’t want it,” he repeats hesitantly again and again towards the end, before his voice is lost in a flood of distorted guitar soloing. Whatever it is he’s trying to escape, it’s keeping us more attached to his music than ever. Listen to “Violent Game” and check out Sondre Lerche’s upcoming tour dates below.

Tour Dates:

04/12 Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
04/13 Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space
04/14 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore
04/15 New York City, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/17 Washington DC @ U Street Music Hall
04/19 Detroit, MI @ Shelter
04/20 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
04/21 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
04/22 Chicago IL, @ Lincoln Hall
04/23 Davenport, IA @ The Village Theatre
04/25 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
04/28 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
04/29 Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater
04/30 Portland, OR @ Star Theater
05/02 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
05/04 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
05/05 Anaheim, CA @ The Parish at House of Blues
05/06 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
05/10 Austin, TX @ Antone’s
05/11 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
05/12 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05/13 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks

Pleasure is out 3/03.