Don't Look Now
Label: New Rounder
Sondre Lerche changes the musical concept of each release even as his songwriting remains at a joyous level. This 2009 set combines the guitar attack of Phantom Punch with the orchestral pop of his debut. A masterful songwriter who loves playing with the English language (he's Norwegian), Lerche's unashamed enthusiasm sets him apart from the indie scene. "I Guess It's Gonna Rain Today" should be put on repeat across the land, while the exclusive bonus cut strips everything down to one guitar.