It’s been a while since I’ve fallen for an artist the way I’ve totally fallen for Susanne Sundfør. Suddenly I don’t feel like listening to much else.
Her eponymous debut was released in 2007 and became a huge hit in her native Norway, so much so that her second effort was a recorded version of the same album with a more stripped down sound. However, it’s on her second album proper, ‘The Brothel’, released in 2010, that she becomes really interesting. Here she moves from being a well above average singer-songwriter to a truly exceptional artist. ‘The Brothel’ sees her mixing jazz, classical and electronic influences to create truly astounding music, with dark, smart lyrics that see her inhabit a variety of characters.
The follow-up, ‘The Silicone Veil’, is due for release digitally on 26 Mar and, if first single ‘White Foxes’ is anything to go by, will develop the ideas seeded on ‘The Brothel’ yet further. “You gave me my very first gun”, she sings. Which, as a hook, is a line that stays with you.
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