289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 8:30 PM (event ends at 11:30 PM)
This event is 21 and over
Susanne Sundfør continues the expansion of her musical universe with her new album, The Silicone Veil (2012), a follow-up to the critically acclaimed, platinum-selling The Brothel (2010), which spent 30 weeks in the Norwegian album charts and sold more than 40 000 copies.
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. The album lyrics, however, point in a different direction: towards despondency and the loss of illusions, faith and hope. They explore our inability to understand the difficult times we find ourselves in and appreciate the consequences of the lives we are leading, rather than denying them. 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”.
First single taken from the new 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”.
“White Foxes” was written for the Norwegian/Swedish film Verden venter, which opens in early 2013. Sundfør will also appear in the film, acting as herself.
All tracks on The Silicone Veil are written and composed by Susanne Sundfør, and arranged by Sundfør and Lars Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist, The National Bank). The album was recorded in Pooka Studio and Kikitépe Tearoom Studio, produced by Sundfør and Horntveth and mixed in Duper Studio by Jørgen Træen (Kaizers Orchestra, Jaga Jazzist, Datarock). Musicians from Trondheimsolistene string orchestra appear on five of the album’s ten tracks. Sundfør starts her tour in April 2012, playing concerts in Tromsø, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim and Oslo, before continuing to Denmark, Sweden, Germany and France in May. During summer, Sundfør will also perform on various festivals, including the Øya Festival in Oslo in early August. For an up-to-date programme, please visit www.susannesundfor.com.
The Silicone Veil will be released in Norway on Monday 26 March 2012. The album will be released on CD, vinyl and a special limited edition containing CD, signed vinyl and vinyl frame.
The Brooklyn-based duo The Mast is vocalist and instrumentalist Haleh Gafori and percussionist and beat maker Matt Kilmer. Influenced by early IDM, post dubstep, and experimental beat music as well as acts like Mount Kimbie, Massive Attack, and Bonobo, the band creates a warm and inviting sound that propels the body to dance and soaks the mind in a bath of endorphins. In their live shows, The Mast creates a full-spectrum sonic experience incorporating live electronics, percussion, and vocal improvisation within and between songs enabling the spontaneity they were accustomed to as instrumentalists.
Haleh and Matt have also taken charge of creating the visual element of The Mast, directing, editing, and occasionally filming the videos themselves. Their most recent video “So Right” premiered in Interview Magazine, was featured in the Huffington Post and USA Today, and was chosen as Tubefilter’s must-see video alongside Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife.” Their video “UpUpUp” which features a pop and lock dancer in butoh-esque body paint and beat-synced projections screened at Bumbershoot, was featured on Pitchfork, and has gotten over 350,000 views on Youtube.
Before they became The Mast Haleh and Matt toured all over the US as well as in Europe and Canada, playing venues and festivals such as Bonnaroo, the Mimi Fest in Marseilles, the David Byrne-curated series at Carnegie Hall, Preservation Hall in New Orleans, and the Hillside Festival in Canada. Upon returning, they settled back in Brooklyn, built a studio, and began concocting a new sound. The first incarnation of their new band led to the 2011 release Wild Poppies which featured them on percussion and electric guitars.
While on tour, they began incorporating some of the electronic songs they had been making in their studio and eventually the infinite sonic palette that electronic music afforded was too seductive to let go of. Their exploration culminated in the new album Pleasure Island which was released on Jan 28, 2014 on Channel A Records.