Following very strong reviews for their debut album and applauded one-off shows, Susanna & The Magical Orchestra return to UK and Ireland for their first proper tour of the isles.
With their debut album 'List Of Lights And Bouys', released in 2004 on super-vital Norwegian independent label Rune Grammofon, duo Susanna & The Magical Orchestra captured both the critics corps as well as the record-buying and live audiences. Hailed as one of the strongest releases of the year, 'List Of Lights And Bouys' contains a collection of fragile, melancholic, delicate and plain beautiful tunes that fuse the distinct hushed vocals of Susanna Wallumrød and Morten Qvenild’s tasteful keyboards and programming. The album was produced by the highly respected producers Helge ‘Deathprod’ Sten and Andreas Mjøs from renowned electronica/jazz/post-rock outfit Jaga Jazzist.
Two stand-out tracks from the album are the two cover versions of Dolly Parton's Jolene and Leonard Bernstein’s Who Am I – tracks that have created quite a stir in the critics and radio camps.
The Irish leg of their tour will see the duo performing in Limerick, Cork, Bray, Dublin and Sligo while their UK appearance is a gig in Southampton in late November. Dates are found in the calendar section.
UK critics have applauded the duo’s debut album – a few excerpts of reviews:
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.