Alexander von Mehren
Alexander von Mehren
In 2005 von Mehren started the recording of his debut album, developing an airy and organic soundscape with a meticulous approach to songwriting within the alternative pop scene, presented in lively instrumentals as well as songs with French and English lyrics. Playing most of the instruments himself, and continually helped by guitarists Fredrik Drønen and Erlend Alm Lerstad, vocalists and strings and brass performers, von Mehren finished the recording process in the summer of 2010 shortly before spending two weeks at Soma Electronic Music Studios in Chicago mixing the album with producer John McEntire. The album, entitled Aéropop, was mastered by Steve Rooke at Abbey Road Studios in London April 2012 and released August/ September 2013 on double 180 gram vinyl, CD and digital formats via The Control Group (North America), Folkwit Records (United Kingdom), Rallye Label (Japan), Klangkollektivet (Norway) and Aéropop Records (Rest of World). Aéropop also features musical contributions by members of The High Llamas, Tortoise, Jaga Jazzist, Orwell and Modular. Aéropop Revisited, an EP of remixes of selected tracks from Aéropop, was released November 2014 on 180 gram vinyl, CD and digital download. The EP features remixes by Sean O'Hagan (The High Llamas), Andy Ramsay & Joe Watson (Stereolab), Orwell, Young Dreams, Dave LeBleu (The Mercury Program) and Crookram and was mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios. von Mehren appears live with a six-piece ensemble consisting of guitarists Fredrik Drønen and Erlend Alm Lerstad, bassist Chris Holm, drummer Kim Åge Furuhaug, percussionist Marius Erster Bergesen and saxophonist Erlend Hausken.
The band debuted at a sold-out Landmark in Bergen December 2009 before performing at Kvarteret in Bergen and the by:Larm festival in Oslo February 2011 as well as Jassbox/Bergenfest April 2011, Tellés Sommerfest August 2012 and several release concerts in Norway August/September 2013. von Mehren also appeared at SXSW 2014 in Austin, Texas, and as an opening act for The High Llamas in London April 2014. von Mehren also performs regularly in the live bands of Sondre Lerche and Nathalie Nordnes and has contributed live and in studio with acts such as Bobby Hughes Combination (piano, keyboards), Kinny & Horne (piano), Chris Joss (vibraphone), Orwell (strings and brass arrangements, piano, percussion), Le Futur Pompiste (vibraphone), Milk (Taro Umebayashi) (drums, percussion, vibraphone, vocals), Young Dreams (vibraphone, glockenspiel), The Sheriff (piano, keyboards, vibraphone), William Hut (piano, keyboards), Hypertext (piano, keyboards, vibraphone), O. Martin (production, mixing, piano, vibraphone) and The Alexandria Quartet (strings arrangements). Read more on Last.fm.
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