Susanne Sundfør

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Susanne Sundfør
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Background information
Birth name Susanne Aartun Sundfør
Born (1986-03-19) 19 March 1986 (age 29)
Haugesund, Rogaland
Origin Norway
Genres art pop, synthpop, baroque pop, electropop, jazz, dance pop, dream pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano

Susanne Aartun Sundfør (born 19 March 1986) is a Norwegian singer-songwriter. She is the granddaughter of linguist Kjell Aartun. She was born in Haugesund and later moved to Oslo.[1] She has released five studio albums. Her fifth, Ten Love Songs, was released on February 16, 2015. Two of her albums, The Brothel (2010) and The Silicone Veil (2012) have reached number one in Norway. She has collaborated with Röyksopp and M83.


When Sundfør was 12 she started taking singing lessons.[2] After attending a music high school, Sundfør began making music as a hobby.[3] Her first release was the 2006 single "Walls", which peaked at number three in the Norwegian singles chart. Her debut self-titled album was released in 2007 and peaked at number three 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.[4] The following month, she was awarded Spellemannprisen for best female performance. She spurred nationwide debate when she, upon receiving the prize, said, "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 ongoing debate whether having a gender-differentiated "artist of the year" prize was archaic or not.[5] That same month, 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.[6]

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.[7][8][9] It was at this time that Sundfør decided to commit to music as a profession. 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, because that was the first time I really felt like I had 'found' a sound."[3]

Sundfør officially joined the band Hypertext in 2010 and appeared on Real Ones' single Sister to All.

She provided vocals for the track Baboon Moon on Nils Petter Molvær's album Baboon Moon 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.[10] They had performed the song at Lydverket on November 28, 2012, as well as a cover of "Ice Machine" by Depeche Mode.[11] Röyksopp announced on their website on October 30, 2013 that the song is to be released worldwide. The track is featured on the album The Inevitable End.[1]

The soundtrack for the 2013 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.[12]

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.[13]

Her sixth album Ten Love Songs was released in February 2015.[14] Sundfør began a European tour to coincide with the album in March at Scala, London.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
2007 Susanne Sundfør 3
2008 Take One 32
2010 The Brothel 1
2011 A Night At Salle Pleyel
2012 The Silicone Veil 1
2015 Ten Love Songs 1 47


Year Single Peak
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"
2015 "Fade Away" 25
Featured in
Year Single Peak chart positions Album
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 The Inevitable End
"Let Me In"
(Kleerup featuring Susanne Sundfør)
As If We Never Won


  1. ^ a b "Susanne Sundfør". Discography. Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  2. ^ "Susanne Sundfør - BTR Live Studio (ep271)". YouTube. 15 November 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Malt, Andy (26 March 2013). "Q&A: Susanne Sundfør". Complete Music Update. UnLimited Media. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Store Studio". 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  5. ^ Aspaas, Kathrine (2008-02-08). "En egen musikk" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  6. ^ Selås, Jon (2008-02-26). "Mette-Marit refser det overfladiske" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  7. ^ Kydland, Eirik (2010-01-28). "Så bra at andre norske artister kommer til å begynne å grine" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Kontorkonsert med Susanne Sundfør" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  9. ^ Øyre, Torgrim (2012-08-09). "Suveren Susanne Sundfør" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  10. ^ "Running To The Sea feat. Susanne Sundfør". Röyksopp. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  11. ^ "Röyksopp and Susanne Sundfør on Lydverket". Röyksopp. 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  12. ^ "M83 featuring Susanne Sundfør – Oblivion". 
  13. ^ "Susanne Sundfør". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  14. ^ Day, Laurence (24 October 2014). "Susanne Sundfør details new record Ten Love Songs". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Susanne Sundfør discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Susanne Sundfør discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 

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