Alexander von Mehren
Alexander von Mehren is a 29 year-old Norwegian pianist, songwriter and producer. His self-recorded debut album, Aéropop, was mixed by John McEntire (Stereolab, Tortoise, The Sea and Cake) and von Mehren at Soma Electronic Music Studios in Chicago and mastered by Steve Rooke (The Beatles, David Bowie) at Abbey Road Studios in London. The album, which also features contributions from members of The High Llamas, Jaga Jazzist and Orwell, is especially inspired by British, French and Italian library music and soundtracks of the 60s and 70s, and is focused primarily on orchestrated alternative pop music sung in French and English (in addition to instrumental tracks). von Mehren plays most of the instruments on the album himself, including upright piano, Fender Rhodes, Moog, vibraphone, bass and drums. Aéropop was released on double 180 gram vinyl, CD and digital download August 20th 2013 via The Control Group in North America, and the project has gained international attention at for instance AllMusic («…an exquisitely crafted, richly arranged modern pop gem»), Other Music («…brings to mind Serge Gainsbourg at his deadliest»), Hype Machine («…one of the more special releases we’ve heard this year»), MTV Iggy, Rolling Stone, Filter Magazine, Stereogum, The Line of Best Fit, KCRW and Under the Radar.