Per Øystein Sørensen

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Per Øystein Sørensen (Per Sorensen)
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Background information
Born (1961-12-13) December 13, 1961 (age 55)
Oslo, Norway[1]
Genres New wave, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1982–present
Labels daWorks
Rune Grammofon
EMI
WEA
Universal
Virgin
Associated acts Fra Lippo Lippi
Website Official Site
Official MySpace

Per Øystein Sørensen (born December 13, 1961) is a Norwegian singer and songwriter, best known as the vocalist of the new wave/synthpop band Fra Lippo Lippi.

Biography[edit]

When Fra Lippo Lippi formed in Norway in the late '70s, the group seemed obsessed with the droning rhythms and morose lyrics of Joy Division. Fra Lippo Lippi's debut album In Silence was bleak. Fra Lippo Lippi's second LP, Small Mercies displayed a lighter mood. While Small Mercies was still a sad album, hooks and melodies started to penetrate the group's initially impermeable wall of gloom.

Sørensen's vocals became more soulful on Songs, equally capable of expressing joy ("Come Summer") or emotional resignation ("Coming Home"). The lyrics gained clarity as well.

Fra Lippo Lippi ceased recording in the early '90s. However, in 2000, Fra Lippo Lippi performed again in the Philippines, where the band had a number of major success during the '80s, having also performed there to a big audience in 1988.[citation needed]

Aside from Fra Lippo Lippi, Sørensen has also worked with Trine Rein. In 2009, Sørensen launched his official MySpace profile, featuring songs from Fra Lippo Lippi and his solo works. His first solo album Våge was released in Norway on September 28. The album is completely in Norwegian - a first in Sørensen's career. An English version of the album titled "Master of Imperfection" was released in 2012.[2] In 2015 he recorded the album My old Book - 30 Years of Songs of Per Sorensen and Fra Lippo Lippi with The Norwegian Radio Orchestra. The album is due for release fall 2016.

Discography[edit]

Fra Lippo Lippi[edit]

Solo career[edit]

  • Våge (2009, daWorks)
  • Master of Imperfection (2012, daWorks)

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