Susanne Sundfør

Susanne Sundfør, born in Haugesund, Norway, is a singer/songwriter who has often been compared to artists like Joni Mitchell and Carol King due to her unique style, combining jazz and and classical elements with dramatic and moving pop Music.

Sundfør released her first single, “Walls” in 2006, followed by her self-titled debut album in 2007. In 2008 she won the Spellemann Award (Norwegian Grammy) for best female artist. In 2010, she released her third album The Brothel to great acclaim in Norway, and ended up becoming the second bestselling album of the year.

Susanne Sundfør continued the expansion of her musical universe with her next album, The Silicone Veil (2012), a follow-up to The Brothel. Where The Brothel was seen to gravitate towards a dark, cold and closed musical expression, The Silicone Veil contains melodies that hint of warmth and fullness, bound in multifaceted and complex soundscapes Thematically, The Silicone Veil centres on the blurred boundaries between one state of being and another, between life and death, between people, and between us and the Earth. As Sundfør summarises it: “Apocalypse, death, love and snow”.

The first single taken from the album, “White Foxes”, was immediately well-received by critics, bloggers and tweeting fans across the world by release. The track is in many ways a musical bridge and a natural extension of the soundscape from The Brothel. About the video, Susanne says: “The White Foxes video combines two worlds that are essential to my upcoming album, The Silicone Veil: The ancient world: forests, ruins, and the contemporary world: technology, silicone. And everything is covered in snow, just like in The Dead by James Joyce. We are all in capsules”.

Watch the video here


Reviews

Review of «Silicone Veil »:
“Powerful” is perhaps the most fitting word, and though the strength of certain arrangements can feel all-engulfing, there are too many moments of near-inexpressible, extravagant brilliance on The Silicone Veil to deny Sundfør’s overall accomplishment.”
– Luke Slater, BBC

Review of «Silicone Veil »:
«White Foxes,» The Silicone Veil’s lead single, sets a scene that’s thick with mythology and dark as a nighttime thicket. Sundfør’s voice, high and tense, pierces through a foggy bassline while the drum line lopes steady behind her. Her vocal pirouettes and lyrics («I wish to God that the earth would turn cold/ And all the pretty tulips would disappear») could have wandered in from a grief ballad, but the chorus’s blooming synths and the electric-drill bridge suggest a tale far more contemporary and no less haunting.”
– Katherine St. Asaph, Pitchfork
Links

Check out her webpage here
Review, BBC
Review, Pitchfork

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