Alexander von Mehren
Alexander von Mehren is a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Bergen, Norway. von Mehren's debut album, Aéropop, was written and recorded over a period of nearly six years, mixed with John McEntire (Stereolab, Tortoise) in Chicago and mastered by Steve Rooke (The Beatles, David Bowie) at Abbey Road Studios before its vinyl, CD and digital release in 2013.
The album, which features contributions by members of The High Llamas, Jaga Jazzist and Orwell, is especially inspired by French, British 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.
Aéropop gained a great deal of international attention, for instance at AllMusic («an exquisitely crafted, richly arranged modern pop gem»), Hype Machine («one of the more special releases we've heard this year») and Other Music («brings to mind Serge Gainsbourg at his deadliest»), with features at MTV Iggy, Rolling Stone, Filter Magazine, Stereogum, The Line of Best Fit, KCRW, Bandcamp and Under the Radar.
Following the enthusiasm around his debut LP, Aéropop Revisited EP was released late 2014, featuring remixes of selected tracks from Aéropop by Sean O'Hagan (The High Llamas), Andy Ramsay & Joe Watson (Stereolab), Orwell, Young Dreams, Dave LeBleu (The Mercury Program) and Crookram. The EP was mastered by Alex Wharton (The Beatles, Radiohead, Nick Cave) at Abbey Road Studios and released worldwide on vinyl, CD and digital formats.
Alexander von Mehren’s tracks