After recently announcing her new album Go Dig My Grave, which is a project between Susanna, Swiss baroque harp player Giovanna Pessi, accordion player Ida Hidle and fiddle player & folk singer Tuva Syvertsen.
Today Norwegian artist Susanna is sharing , “Freight Train”, second track of the album Go Dig My Grave, due to be released on February 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.”
Listen to “Freight Train” below.
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.
A brand-new composition by Susanna also features on the album. “Invitation to the Voyage” is written to a poem from Charles Baudelaire’s, The Flowers of Evil, banned in 19th century France for its treatment of decadence and eroticism. With this piece, Susanna continues a musical tradition of interpreting Baudelaire’s words, following the likes of Alban Berg and Henri Dutilleux. “Quite recently I started to read Baudelaire’s ‘Flowers of Evil’. I fell in love with the beautiful poems and got the urge to sing some of them,” says Susanna. “This one is the first of the songs I have written to this poetry, and a wonderful mysterious world has opened up to me.”
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.
Go Dig My Grave artwork and tracklist:
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) (stream)
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)
The artwork is by Arne Bendik Sjur, who also lent his art to the Meshes of Voice release by Jenny Hval & Susanna in 2014.
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)