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SUSANNE SUNDFØR

Crossover Prog • Norway


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Susanne Sundfør biography
Susanne Sundfør is a classically trained singer and pianist from Oslo, Norway. After a couple of years playing her material live, she released her self-titled debut in 2007, a nice pop record reminiscent of Tori Amos' early works. She would follow it the next year with Take One, a re-recording of the songs from the first album on a single acoustic session.

Afterwards, she moved away from the classic singer-songwriter sound to a more electronic and adventurous approach to music, recruiting Jaga Jazzist's Lars Horntveth as collaborator on her following records. While still strong on melody, her next works would feature complex harmonies, unusual chord progressions and a heavy use of electronics paired with lavish orchestral arrangements, the first result of which was 2010's The Brothel, a loose concept album about domination and how people connect to each other and hierarchies in society.

In 2011 she made a slight detour as a composer, releasing A Night at Salle Pleyel, an instrumental electronic piece that would not look bad next to some of the German electronic greats. Her latest album is the acclaimed The Silicone Veil, released in 2012.

Susanne Sundfør's dramatic, elaborate, and dynamic music draws influences from decades of pop but it is also tinted with hues of classical music and Norwegian folk. Coupled with the lyrics and her impressive siren-like voice, this artist delivers an atmosphere that is often dark and sombre, but also uplifting, and ultimately gorgeous.

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3.50 | 6 ratings
Susanne Sundfør
2007
3.50 | 4 ratings
Take One
2008
4.67 | 12 ratings
The Brothel
2010
4.00 | 14 ratings
The Silicone Veil
2012
4.05 | 13 ratings
Ten Love Songs
2015

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3.00 | 1 ratings
A Night At Salle Pleyel
2011

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Walls
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
It's All Gone Tomorrow
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Turkish Delight (Remix EP)
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Silicone Veil
2013
3.00 | 1 ratings
Fade Away (EP)
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Fade Away (EP)
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Delirious Remixes
2015

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 Susanne Sundfør by SUNDFØR, SUSANNE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.50 | 6 ratings

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Susanne Sundfør Crossover Prog

Review by Kingsnake

3 stars The music of this album is just like the albumcover: simple and sweet but very colourful and mesmerizing.

Susanne is one of the greatest singers of the new millenium. She's also a very gifted pianist, guitarist, composer and arranger. The music on her debut is pure folk. Or popfolk, if you wish. A little bit of jazz- and classical influences, but not yet the progressive grandeur that will be.

This album is not prog, nor is it essential, but it's an excellent debut and starting point, for an artist that will grow and grow with each album. Susanne Sundfør-enthousiasts are likely to enjoy this album. Lovers of Kate Bush or Joni Mitchell will enjoy it also, others are best to pick up the last 3 albums she put out; they are more lush, progressive and experimental.

As of now: I love this album, because I love her voice and compostions.

 The Brothel by SUNDFØR, SUSANNE album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.67 | 12 ratings

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The Brothel
Susanne Sundfør Crossover Prog

Review by Kingsnake

5 stars I haven't heard an artist this good, since Kate Bush, David Bowie, Sting or Phil Collins.

The music especially reminds one of Kate Bush. The lush, progressive and bombastic compositions and arrangments go hand in hand with more melodramatic, calm piano pieces.

Susanne has a classicaly trained voice, wich reminds me a bit of Annie Haslam of Renaissance. The music on the other hand, isn't comparable to that of Renaissance, but as said, more in the vein of Kate Bush.

All the songs on this album hold their own, there's not a weak track in sight. I give this album the full rating, because I think the music of Sundfor is progressive, refreshing and experimental in such a way, that stands out far above a lot of progressive music these days.

The music has influences from baroque pop, classical music, synthpop, 80's pop-arrangments, acoustic singer/songwriter, folk and the production is clean and clear but at the same time warm and rich. The Brothel is an absolute masterpiece, wich can only be topped by Susanne Sundfor's The Silicone Veil which is the next album.

 Ten Love Songs by SUNDFØR, SUSANNE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.05 | 13 ratings

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Ten Love Songs
Susanne Sundfør Crossover Prog

Review by Kingsnake

5 stars Another masterpiece of this progressive goddess.

This album is more electronic and uptempo, but has a few moments of piece. The compositions and arrangments are again of very high standard. This time Susanne collaborates with a famous producers like Jonathan Bates (on Accelerate), M83 (on Memorial), Röyksopp (on Slowly) and Lars Horntveth (from Jaga Jazzist) (on Silencer).

The album starts real slow and mysterious with Darlings, where once again Susanne proves to be one of the top-vocalists of this day and age.

Accelerate is uptempo, very haunting and has a threathening atmosphere. Also because of the church organ in the refrains. The song fades into Fade Away wich has the same tempo, but is less threathening and has some really beautiful melodies, wich will keep following you. Also the synth-solo is almost sweet and cute. These three songs are a great start to this album, wich pulls you right in and keeps you wishing for more.

Silencer is a almost like a lullaby. No synth-driven song, but with acoustic guitar and fender rhodes. Susanne sings really high here, and when the string-synth in the middle section makes its entrance, it can bring a tear to your eye. Really, really beautiful and dreamy.

Kamikaze starts slowly but builds up to a heavy synthpop track. Memorial is 10 minute long epic, wich focuses on Susannes voice, organ and an extended middle section on piano and string essemble. This is the most progressive/classical piece on the album.

Delirious and Slowly are uptemp, heavy synthpop tracks. Trust Me is a ballad, accompanied by organ (again) and has a really moody and forboding character.

Insects is a heavy, synth-percussion driven and dark song, with an almost IDM-feel. It closes the album, but with a satisfied feeling. This is one of those albums you keep playing over and over again. Like those old Kate Bush-records.

Overall this is an album with two faces: dark, heavy, almost threathening synthpop tracks and acoustic, folky and classical softer moments. A very good balance.

 Susanne Sundfør by SUNDFØR, SUSANNE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.50 | 6 ratings

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Susanne Sundfør Crossover Prog

Review by zbambus

4 stars This album caught my interest when I heard the first songs on the radio. Especially the tracks "I Resign" and "Walls" immediately felt "right" on all accounts. I will compare it to the best work of Joni Mitchell.

Strong melodies with a strong voice with a bit sloppy pronunciation of the words and the thrill of nearly, but never actually, missing the tune.

This album grows on You and sure points to greater things to come.

As a debut album of an artist that would continue to grow rapidly into her own expression (already the next "new" album, "The Brothel" would give us a mature, focused artist) this is clearly a 4 star album.

Thanks to marty mcfly for the artist addition.

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