Known for her piercing, electric vocal ability and her Europop balladry, Susanne Sundfør brought her show to Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday to a sold-out venue as part of her U.S. tour in support of her new album, Ten Love Songs. With her songs mixing various genre pieces and elements including electronic rhythms, synths, classical guitar, on top of moody, painfully heartbroken, and confident themes, the one constant throughout is Susanne’s relentless melodies through her incredibly diverse vocal ability.
Like songs trapped in time from a different era, almost the way Led Zeppelin could make you feel with their mystic themes and instrumentation, Susanne’s songwriting and wide usage of instrumentation and snyth sounds makes you almost feel the same way, like you’ve found your way into a day dream with such dramatic ups and downs throughout her set. Starting off the night with “It’s All Gone Tomorrow,” Kamikaze,” and the slowly building the climatic “Trust Me.” Keeping the dramatic and ballad theme going, Susanne pulled out the acoustic guitar for the haunting “Silencer”, only to break into the clear hit off the album, “Fade Away”.
Bringing the audience back down to her melodically beautiful ballad “Memorial,” showing off a bit more of her classical side, she got right back into her Euro-electro-pop style for the set’s closing number “Insects”, before coming back out with a one-song encore of “Delirious.”
Article: Tom Shackleford
Photos: Manish Gosalia