Shares new track "Freight Train"
Album 'Go Dig My Grave' due Feb 9th Featuring Giovanna Pessi, Ida Hidle
& Tuva Syvertsen
After recently announcing her new album 'Go Dig My Grave', which is a unique project between Susanna, Swiss baroque harp player Giovanna Pessi, accordion player Ida Hidle and fiddle player & folk singer Tuva Syvertsen reworking ten eclectic songs from seemingly disparate worlds, Norwegian artist Susanna is sharing the second track from the record
"Freight Train" online now. The album is due Feb 9th via SusannaSonata.
Speaking about the track, Susanna said
"Digging for gold in LA’s vinyl stores, I came across Elizabeth Cotten’s album 'When I’m Gone' which is an appealing title in itself. A wonderful record, and one of the songs is "Freight Train". I am deeply fascinated by how people think of death, as the final rest or the moving beyond to something new- do you find comfort in thinking it’s all going to end some day or do you fear it. "Freight Train" is such a master piece of a song, cut to the bone about being content with what this life has to offer, the tempo of it all and how some day it’s going to be just fine to wrap it up.”
Norwegian artist Susanna has a distinct voice in music and has been releasing music since 2004 with the duo ‘Susanna and the Magical Orchestra’, as ‘Susanna’ and under her full name, Susanna Wallumrød. She is known for her transforming of songs by AC/DC, Dolly Parton, Thin Lizzy and Leonard Cohen among others, but also for her strong originals and collaborations with artists like Jenny Hval, Ensemble neoN and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. Her previous album ‘Triangle’ received notable international praise for its originality and musical ambition.
With ‘Go Dig My Grave’, her 12th album, she explores historic musical gaps by combining music from the Great American Songbook and old English traditionals with baroque instrumentation and her own, characteristic vocal interpretations. Add some Henry Purcell, some Lou Reed, and Susanna’s own composition, and the unique complexity of Susanna’s artistry is evident:
‘Go Dig My Grave’ is a profoundly personal collection of dark songs with deep roots through centuries of American and European musical heritage.
An unnerving combination of existential despair and musical beauty, ‘Go Dig My Grave’ presents a selection of songs straddling issues of lost love, abandonment – and a merciless thirst for liquor. Speaking about her new record, Susanna explains, "I am attracted to the sad songs, and how people have used music throughout the years; it feels like they use songs and singing as a way of processing and dealing with of the difficult times in their lives. There’s a lot of similarities in the dramatic ways of telling a story in the old English ballads such as 'The Willow Song' and 'The Three Ravens' and the American folk songs like 'Go Dig My Grave' - even if the newer folk songs has more of a straightforwardness to the tragedy."
Produced by Deathprod and Susanna, ‘Go Dig My Grave’ was recorded at the world class
Rainbow Studio in Oslo and is released on Susanna’s own label SusannaSonata.
It is one of several extensive projects for Susanna in 2017 & 2018.
22nd-25th March 2018, Big Ears Festival, Knoxville (TN) USA (solo)
22nd-25th of March 2018, Big Ears Festival, Koxville (TN) USA (ft. Giovanna Pessi,
Frode Haltli & Cheyenne Mize)
B I Z Z A R R E
Susanna 'Freight Train' Single Official
Susanna – 'Go Dig My Grave'
1. Freight Train (Elizabeth Cotten)
2. Cold Song (John Dryden/Henry Purcell)
3. Invitation to the Voyage (Charles Baudelaire/Susanna Wallumrød)
4. Rye Whiskey (Traditional)
5. The Willow Song (Anonymous)
6. Go Dig My Grave (Traditional)
7. Lilac Wine (James Shelton)
8. Wilderness (Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner)
9. The Three Ravens (Old English folk ballad)
10. Perfect Day (Lou Reed)