Entries tagged with: Susanne Sundfor
Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year's Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There's veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there's interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.
Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below...
Yesterday, Pitchfork put out their 100 Best Songs of 2015 list, and today they published their Honorable Mentions for albums of the year. A few of the albums did receive Best New Music during the year, like Lower Dens, Levon Vincent, Prurient and Viet Cong, and others weren't reviewed at all like Susanne Sundfor.
The list has a handful of indie/punk albums, like Car Seat Headrest, Downtown Boys, Girlpool, Hop Along and Protomartyr, mainstream rap breakout Fetty Wap, the XL-signed Ibeyi, and more. Check out the whole thing below...
Cindy Lee - 'Act of Tenderness'
Gorilla vs Bear has published his Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, writing, "We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site." The list includes Panda Bear, Jamie xx, Grimes, Vince Staples, Leon Bridges, both Beach House albums (Thank Your Lucky Stars is ranked higher), U.S. Girls, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Young Thug, Toro y Moi, Empress Of, Joanna Newsom, Knxwledge, Molly Nilsson and more. Check out the whole thing below.
The list also includes Cindy Lee, the project that was formed by ex-Women guitarist/singer Patrick Flegel when two of his other bandmates (including his brother Matt) formed Viet Cong. He released the Malenkost tape and the Act of Tenderness album this year, both of which made GvsB's list (#32 and #5, respectively). You can download both for free at Cindy Lee's geocities website. Stream the latter below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Norwegian art pop musician Susanne Sundfør just wrapped up her short US tour in support of her sixth album Ten Love Songs with two sold-out NYC shows. She hit Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (5/21), followed by Rough Trade on Friday (5/22) and we caught the latter. Pictures of Rough Trade (including shots of opener White Prism) continue, with a video from Rockwood, below...
Norway's Susanne Sundfor put out her sixth album, Ten Love Songs, earlier this year, and now UK producer Maps (Mute Records) has given the remix treatment to its track "Kamikaze." A stream of that premieres below.
Susanne's short US tour hits NYC for two shows this week: Thursday (5/21) at Rockwood Music Hall and Friday (5/22) at Rough Trade, the latter of which is also with White Prism. Rockwood is sold out, but tickets for Rough Trade are still available.
by Andrew Sacher
Norwegian art pop musician and M83/Royksopp collaborator Susanne Sundfor released her sixth album, Ten Love Songs, last month, and it's another diverse collection of hers. If you're unfamiliar, Susanne makes the Zola Jesus/Austra kind of art pop, and like those artists she's unafraid of mixing her arty ambitions with actual pop. Album opener "Darlings" is an atmospheric take on sweeping '90s radio ballads, while "Accelerate" and "Delirious" are pretty danceable. She also dives into ethereal folk with "Silencer," modern classical at the end of "Memorial," and abrasive electronics with album closer "Insects." Check out two tracks below.
All dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Robyn & Royksopp on Ppier 97 - 8/20/14
Dance-pop emissaries Robyn and Royksopp kicked off a new North American run of their tour in NYC to a sold-out crowd on Pier 97 last night (8/20). The two acts have been on the road intermittently this year in support of their collaborative mini-LP. Following an opening set from Robyn's fellow Swede Zhala (who's signed to her label), Royksopp played a full-band set with guest vocals from Zhala, and then Robyn played her set, getting the biggest cheers of the nights for her hits "Call Your Girlfriend" and "Dancing On My Own." Then Robyn and Royksopp closed things out together with their collaborative set, which included material from their mini-LP and an encore of "None of Dem" (from Robyn's Body Talk LP), which features Royksopp. Pictures of the show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
You can get your Robyn on in NYC again with the 'This Party Is Killing You' party, "a night of all Robyn everything," happening at Glasslands on September 26. Tickets for that are on sale now.
More pictures and the video from their Fallon performance two days earlier, below...
Norwegian art pop singer Susanne Sundfor has released five full length albums since 2007, including her most recent, 2012's The Silicone Veil, which included the single, "White Foxes," which she just released as a single with remixes (including one by M83 tourmates Big Black Delta) today (6/25). You can check out the video for that track and the Big Black Delta remix below.
She's also done some notable collaborations recently, including singing on M83's "Oblivion" which appeared on M83's soundtrack to the film of the same name. She also did a collaborative single with Royksopp, "Running To The Sea," and teamed up with them again to cover Depeche Mode's "Ice Machine," the latter of which appeared on Royksopp's LateNightTales compilation. You can stream all three mentioned collaborations below.
Though Susanne's had a long-running career over in her home country, she's only done a few things in North America, like when she came over for CMJ 2010. She'll be returning this year for NYC shows on September 28 at Glasslands and September 29 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Mercury show go on sale Friday (6/28) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/26) at noon, and tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
Song streams below...
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...