Very few Norwegian artists have, to such an extent, managed to preserve their artistic integrity and at the same time win popularity.
In the last few years, Susanne Sundfør has become one of Norway’s national treasures. This year she has received international critical acclaim for both her live performances and her latest album, Ten Love Songs. Here she shows a more danceable, electronic side of herself, although her texts still tend to be somber and introspective.
For a decade, Sundfør has been a pioneer with a musical career, marked by many milestones. In her luggage which she brings to St. Olav Festival is her fifth studio album, Ten Love Songs. According to the British The Guardian she breaks all the rules and is simply astounding. They gave her five out of five possible points in their review of the album. Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation radio channel 3(NRK P3), joined in the praise, referring to Sundfør as one of Norway’s greatest musicians and in a class of her own – and gave her dice cast six.
The texts of Ten Love Songs were written over the two last years, and the album was recorded partly in the US and partly in Norway – in perhaps as many as ten different studios.
In 2006, Sundfør’s unique talent attracted attention at the Oslo festival Bylarm, and she made her debut with the solo album Susanne Sundfør the following year. Her breakthrough came with The Brothel in 2010, followed by The Silicone Veil in 2012. She has been awarded several prizes, including the Spellemann award, the Alarm award, the Nordic Music Price and A-ha’s artist scolarship.
As dusk falls over the Archbishop’s Courtyard, the massive pop sound with Sundfør’s majestetic voice will really come into its own. She will be in her element!