Susanne Sundfør

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Susanne Sundfør
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Background information
Born (1986-03-19) 19 March 1986 (age 28)
Haugesund, Norway
Website Official website

Susanne Aartun Sundfør (born 19 March 1986) is a Norwegian singer-songwriter and former Bjork back vocal. She is the granddaughter of linguist Kjell Aartun. She was born in Haugesund and later moved to Oslo.

Career[edit]

When Sundfør was 12 she started taking singing lessons.[1]

Sundfør officially joined the band Hypertext in 2010.

Sundfør decided for music to be her profession at the age of 23. She said in an 2013 interview, 'I think I only decided that this is something that I wanted to spend my entire life doing after I released ‘The Brothel’, 'cause that was the first time I really felt like I had ‘found’ a sound.'

Sundfør's first release was the 2006 single Walls, which peaked at 3 in the Norwegian singles chart. Her debut self-titled album was released in 2007 and peaked at 3 in the Norwegian album chart. The album's second and last single I Resign was released in 2007.

In January 2008, Sundfør covered Bob Dylan's Masters of War at Store Studio, NRK.[2]

In February 2008, she was awarded Spellemannprisen for best female performance. She spurred nationwide debate when she, upon receiving the prize, stated: "I am first and foremost an artist, not first and foremost a woman". By this, she was referring to a chauvinist introduction of the 2008 female nominees in the context of an on-going debate whether having a gender-differentiated "artist of the year" prize was archaic or not.[3]

In February 2008, Sundfør appeared with a track on Norwegian Crown Princess Her Royal Highness Mette Marit's album Sorgen og Gleden (The Sorrow and the Joy). Sundfør's contribution was the Norwegian folktune/psalm "Ingen Vinner Frem til Den Evige Ro" (No One Reaches the Eternal Calm), by Lars Linderot and Gustav Jensen.[4]

Sundfør appeared on Real Ones' 2010 single Sister to All.

In 2010, her third album The Brothel was released to great acclaim in Norway, and ended up becoming the second bestselling album of the year, grossing over 40,000 copies. Dagbladet, a daily Norwegian newspaper, wrote that Sundfør was so good that other young Norwegian artists would start crying when hearing her—both because she is several leagues above them, but also because her music is so moving and beautiful.[5][6][7]

She provided vocals for the track Baboon Moon on Nils Petter Molvær's album Baboon Moon (album) in 2011.

In 2012, The Silicone Veil, Sundfør's fifth album, was released, first in Norway then several months later in the United Kingdom. In 2013 this was followed by an EP also titled The Silicone Veil, featuring three songs.

On December 6, 2012, Sundfør released a collaboration with the Norwegian electronica duo Röyksopp in Norway, "Running to the Sea", which reached No.1.[8] They performed the song at Lydverket on November 28, 2012, as well as a cover of "Ice Machine" by Depeche Mode.[9] Röyksopp announced on their website on October 30, 2013 that the song is to be released worldwide.

The soundtrack for the film Oblivion, composed by French electronic/shoegaze band M83, was released on April 9, 2013 by Back Lot Music. The title song "Oblivion" features Sundfør as the main vocalist.[10]

In June 2013 Sundfør appeared on Maps' single A.M.A.

Sundfør's backcatalog was released for the first time in the United Kingdom in 2013 to positive critical response.

Sundfør produced the single "Darkness" by Bow to Each Other, which was released on iTunes 8 November 2013.[11]

She is currently working on her sixth album.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak
chart
positions
NOR
2007 Susanne Sundfør 3
2008 Take One 32
2010 The Brothel 1
2011 A Night At Salle Pleyel
2012 The Silicone Veil 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak
chart
positions
Album
NOR
2007 "Walls" 3 Susanne Sundfør
"I Resign"
2010 "The Brothel" 2 The Brothel
"It's All Gone Tomorrow"
2011 "Turkish Delight"
2012 "White Foxes" 19 The Silicone Veil
"The Silicone Veil"
"Running to the Sea"
(featuring Röyksopp)
14

Featured Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
NOR DEN
2011 "Kapitulera"
(Timbuktu featuring Susanne Sundfør)
12 Sagolandet
2012 "Away"
(Morten Myklebust featuring Susanne Sundfør)
Morten Myklebust
2013 "Oblivion"
(M83 featuring Susanne Sundfør)
Oblivion: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2014 "Running to the Sea"
(Röyksopp featuring Susanne Sundfør)
14 10 Non-album release

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Susanne Sundfør - BTR Live Studio [ep271". YouTube. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Store Studio". Youtube.com. 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  3. ^ Aspaas, Kathrine (2008-02-08). "En egen musikk" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  4. ^ Selås, Jon (2008-02-26). "Mette-Marit refser det overfladiske" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  5. ^ Kydland, Eirik (2010-01-28). "Så bra at andre norske artister kommer til å begynne å grine" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Kontorkonsert med Susanne Sundfør" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon MIC.no. 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  7. ^ Øyre, Torgrim (2012-08-09). "Suveren Susanne Sundfør" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Running To The Sea feat. Susanne Sundfør". Röyksopp. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  9. ^ "Röyksopp and Susanne Sundfør on Lydverket". Röyksopp. 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  10. ^ "M83 featuring Susanne Sundfør – Oblivion". 
  11. ^ "Susanne Sundfør". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 

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