Artists Of The Year CMU Approved

Approved 2015: Susanne Sundfør

By | Published on Monday 14 December 2015

Susanne Sundfør

Every day this week in the CMU Approved slot, we’ll be looking at one of our five favourite artists of 2015. First up, Susanne Sundfør…

In the past we’ve commended Susanne Sundfør for not being afraid to completely overhaul her sound. And while this year’s ‘Ten Love Songs’ album might not have been a total move away from her most recent records, it was a bold step nonetheless.

The new LP both walked headlong into a more mainstream sound, but then also toyed with it. It’s pop forced to take on very-grown-up, very-real-feeling relationship problems. The battle is fought so hard that the only way to stop the intensity of both the music and the emotions is to suddenly disappear into a lengthy orchestral interlude halfway through.

Sundfør told The Guardian earlier this year that the creation of the album was just as intense as the finished result, admitting that it had ultimately had a negative affect on her health. Not that I’d recommend that as a work ethic, but it does seem to have paid off. Five albums into her career, Sundfør is knocking it out of the park so far she’s in danger of hitting herself in the back of the head.

She also provided live shows this year that more than did the album justice, her performance at St Georges Church in Brighton at this year’s Great Escape being the highlight of the whole festival for me.

Now, here are the videos for ‘Fade Away’ and ‘Accelerate’: