Critically acclaimed duo Susanna & The Magical Orchestra continue their year of appearances in the UK and Ireland with new concerts.
This young Norwegian duo, consisting of Susanna Wallumrød (vocals) and Morten Qvenild (keyboards), play beautiful low key original songs plus highly personal interpretations of classics such as Dolly Parton's 'Jolene' and Leonard Bernstein«s 'Who Am I'.
UK and Ireland tour:
12 October: Limerick
13 October: Cork (Half Moon)
14 October: Bray (Mermaid)
15 October: Dublin (Sugar Club)
16 October: Sligo
29 November: Southampton (Turner Sims Concert Hall)
UK critics have applauded the musicians' debut album 'List Of Lights And Bouys' which was released in 2004:
Norwegian newcomers’ magical debut. A Scandinavian duo in their mid-20s, singer Susanna Wallumrød and keyboardist Morten Qvenild make impossibly sad, starry-eyed music belying their years. An accomplished debut, ”List Of Lights And Bouys” is a breathtakingly beautiful, deceptively simple, deeply affecting collection of ghostly electronic melancholia, with Wallumrød’s sensuous voice (a Björk comparison is obvious but apt) to the fore. When she sings “Jolene”, slow and skeletal, it’s as if she penned it yesterday. A dolorous delight.
4/5. Uncut (UK)
Barely a minute into ”List Of Lights And Buoys” and 24-year old Susanna Wallumrød and ex-Jaga Jazzist Morten Qvenild have pulled you into their sparsely furnished alternate world where some Jennifer Warnes-like eidolon reveals tales of romantic grief in reedbeds of Eno-like spooky boom. Beautiful, spare, hypnotic, like Sinatra’s ”Where Are You?”, Aimee Mann’s ”Bachelor No 2” and all great torch-song collections, ”List Of Lights...” is the sound of midnight chill, hope and longing whispered by the ghost of relationships who still haunts the old places.
4/5. Mojo (UK)
The stand-out track on Susanna Wallumrød and Morten Qvenild’s nakedly beautiful album of Eno-tronic heartbreak. One of the greatest break-up songs ever: “You are a believer, I am not.”
Mojo´s Top Ten (UK)
”List Of Lights And Buoys” is distinctly tasteful. Even though the flickering electrical sound effects, the swelling bass strings, and Susanna’s voice, somewhere between an in-tune Nico and a Hebridean folk singer, are unsettling, the overall sound has such a stately pace that it never becomes merely freaky. The songs themselves, proper torch songs, sung in slightly accented English, are all adult loneliness (especially on the understated cover of Dolly Parton’s ”Jolene”) and existential pondering, giving the whole an air of a slow but sophisticated arthouse film. It’s not exactly fun, fun, fun, but as small-hours pondering records go, it’s a keeper.