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Jenny Hval & Susanna: Meshes of Voice

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After winning the Spellemannpris (Norwegian Grammy) for her first release on the fledgling Susanna Sonata label, the career-defining collaboration with Ensemble neoN, The Forester (2013), singer Susanna resists the urge to repeat herself by moving on to even more experimental territory with Meshes of Voice, this time together with fellow Norwegian vocalist Jenny Hval--a collaboration that, in retrospect, seems absolutely inevitable. Prior to launching her Susanna Sonata label, Susanna was a (largely) Rune Grammofon recording artist, releasing albums ...

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Susanna and Ensemble neoN: The Forester

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It's strange how a single event can change--or, at least, appear to change--an artist's direction, transporting it to a place previously seeming unreachable or, at the very least, unexpected. Prior to the surprise of 2012's sublime If Grief Could Wait (ECM), Norwegian singer Susanna Karolina Wallumrød was largely splitting her time. On one hand, there were solo recordings like 2009's Flower of Evil and 2007's Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos (both Rune Grammofon) that, running the gamut from inventive covers of ...

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Susanna: Flower of Evil

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Though it's now de rigueur to interpret material that, on the surface at least, hasn't got a lot going for it, Norwegian singer Susanna Wallumrod has, in addition to her own compelling songwriting, managed to find the fullest depth of experience in music by artists ranging from the more credible Leonard Cohen and Sandy Denny to the completely unexpected Kiss and AC/DC. Her last album, Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos (Rune Grammofon, 2007), under the simple moniker Susanna, was a departure ...

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Susanna: Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos

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Leaving behind the imaginative covers of artists including Leonard Cohen, Sandy Denny and Bob Dylan on Melody Mountain (Rune Grammofon, 2006)--by her collaborative duo Susanna and the Magical Orchestra with keyboardist Morten Qvenild of In the Country--Susanna Wallumrod goes the singer/songwriter route with her first album as a solo artist, Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos. It's a bold move, coming so close on the heels of Melody Mountain, but while Susanna (who goes only by her first name here) is a ...