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Sondre Lerche had a dream in which the perfect title for his nifty new album came to him — but then he woke up and couldn’t remember it. “So I figured instead of going with the second-best option, I’d just call it Sondre Lerche,” says the 28-year-old pop savant, who was born in Norway but now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. With the album — his sixth — in stores now, Lerche shares with us some of his favorite self-titled records.

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The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1967
“People have been trying to get me into this record for some time, but I wasn’t ready for it until last year. For indie musicians, it’s a pillar.”


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Caetano Veloso, 1969
“It’s a modern classic of Brazilian pop — beautiful songs, beautiful arrangements.”


Elliott Smith, 1995
“Because his story was so tragic, people tend to forget that he was really a top-notch melodic composer. One of my favorite songwriters of the last 15 years.”


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Vampire Weekend, 2008
“I was living here in New York when it came out, and they had such an incredible energy. It’s still amazing.”





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Lyrically Speaking

“I’ve carried hope and heavy daydreams, but I’m done with sleeping.”