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Susanne Sundfør announces Music For People In Trouble live album

By | Published on Monday 21 October 2019

Susanne Sundfør - Music For People In Trouble

Susanne Sundfør has announced that she will release a live recording of a show at London’s Barbican venue from last year. The performance of her ‘Music For People In Trouble’ album is set for release next month.

“The ‘Music For People In Trouble’ show at the Barbican was the last of a short and sweet tour, where me and my team of musicians and crew performed the album behind a veil that covered the whole front of the stage”, she says. “We put videos on the veil, making the stage both a 2D and 3D experience alternating between animation, photography and live video of the performance layered on top of the actual performance”.

“The veil was like a fishnet up close so the audience could easily see the musicians if the screen was blank”, she adds. “I’ve been touring on and off for a decade, and I felt like it was time to try something different with the way I perform my music. I’ve always loved going to the movies, opera, ballet, it sucks you in, it’s a more intense experience because it combines so many different artistic expressions at once, and that’s what I wanted with the ‘Music For People In Trouble’ show”.

So that all sounds very exciting. But if you weren’t there to see it in person, you’re not about to get a chance to see it now.

“Unfortunately we didn’t get any good footage of the performance”, she says. “It lives on in people’s minds, and there’s something unmodern and romantic that I like about that. You can’t Google it. You’ll find snippets on Instagram, but it doesn’t reflect the three dimensional space of the beautiful concert halls we played in. It’s our little secret, our little, intimate moment together, us and the audience. But we got a good quality recording of the music, and that’s something at least”.

So that’s quite a downbeat way to sell your new live album, isn’t it? I saw that show though, and it really was great. She’s right to say you missed out big time if you weren’t there. Bad luck you. But the music’s the most important thing, surely. And you will get to hear that when this album is released on 29 Nov.

In fact, you can hear some right now. Here’s ‘Reincarnation’: