Susanne Sundfør

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.

"Body Parts mobilizes a singularly elegant experimental pop idiom to explore the contours of modern devotion and doctrines of self-improvement alongside the immoderate reverberations of remembrance. Weaving together influences as varied as the rationalist prescriptions of the self-made seeker-healer- Scientology mastermind L. Ron Hubbard, the sensual guitar-scapes of Prince, and the haunting vocals and surrealist melodrama ofKate Bush, Ryder Bach and Alina Cutrono form the group's core. Less life coaches and more exquisite shamans, Bach and Cutrono announce attentively written modern mantras in strikingly rich and complex vocal harmony. Bach's lyrics pit the therapeutic logic of contemporary self-help narratives against the persistence of the more ancient and uncontrollable imperative of fate.

In addition to nimble guitar work and impeccable vocals, Bach and Cutrono bring years of experience in theater, dance, and performance to the front flank of Body Parts' robust live show and captivating music videos. The vital rhythmic infrastructure and frankly infectious groove found both live and on the album comes thanks to the formidable duo of Raymond Proudfoot, bass and Taylor Dexter, drums. Newcomer Derek Coburn on keys and synthesizer completes their superlative live sound.

The late modern drama of their debut album, Fire Dream, out October 29th viaFather/Daughter Records, has its genesis in an enduringly powerful nightmare in which Bach witnessed the murder of his parents at the hands of a close friend. Dealing less with the dream itself than with the inescapable influence of the fabricated memory over lived reality, the album moves the listener carefully through the terrain of the misremembered, forgotten, and unforeseen. Fire Dream delivers a delightful mix of brightly ominous and sensitively textured, biomechanical dance tracks and more earthly, emotive ballads. The sonic depth and diversity of Bach's composition, arrangement, and production of this consummate suite of music emerges by virtue of Proudfoot's engineering prowess and the expert mixing of Eric Palmquist. Trying to resist the tidal pull of Fire Dream's peculiarly beautiful world would be like trying to beat fate."

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Susanne Sundfør with Body Parts

Wednesday, September 25 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Bootleg Bar

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