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List of Lights and Buoys
     

List of Lights and Buoys

by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra
 

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Albums don't come much more beautiful than List of Lights and Buoys. Susanna is singer Susanna Karolina Wallumrød, age 23 at the time of this debut CD. The Magical Orchestra is actually Jaga Jazzist keyboardist Morten Qvenild. And the music doesn't sound orchestral at all. Co-producer

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Albums don't come much more beautiful than List of Lights and Buoys. Susanna is singer Susanna Karolina Wallumrød, age 23 at the time of this debut CD. The Magical Orchestra is actually Jaga Jazzist keyboardist Morten Qvenild. And the music doesn't sound orchestral at all. Co-producer Andreas Mjøs (also of Jaga Jazzist) adds some vibes, timpani, guitar, and electronics. Helge Sten (aka Deathprod and a quarter of the group Supersilent) is the other co-producer; he took care of mixing and mastering duties -- one also suspects he tweaked a few electronic textures himself. But despite a certain variety in the instrumentation and an indisputable audacity in the textural dress-up, List of Lights and Buoys relies solely on the strong songwriting team of Wallumrød and Qvenild, and on Susanna's irresistibly moving, seductive torch singer of a voice. With a desire to nail the listener to his or her chair right from the start, the album opens with two highly personal interpretations. Leonard Bernstein's "Who Am I" is born out of and sent back to an electronic fog through which Susanna's voice appears like a divine lighthouse. Dolly Parton's "Jolene" provides the album's highlight, a showcase for Susanna's genuine torch singing and Qvenild's sensitive, minimal arrangements. The duo's songwriting is then allowed to shine, especially in "Friend," "Distance Blues and Theory," and the gripping "Believer"; the latter was also released on the Rune Grammofon two-CD (plus book) compilation Money Will Ruin Everything. These songs are strong examples of timeless songwriting -- the electronic vestments give them a certain edge, but don't distract from their true qualities. A must-have and one of the most promising debut albums of the year.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2004
Label:
Rune Grammofon
UPC:
7033662020348
catalogNumber:
2034
Rank:
136040

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Performance Credits

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra   Primary Artist
Andreas Mjos   Guitar,Timpani,Vibes,electronics
Morten Qvenild   Autoharp,Harmonium,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Sidsel Endresen   Composer
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Deathprod   Producer
Sjur Miljeteig   Engineer
Andreas Mjos   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Helge Sten   Producer,Engineer
Morten Qvenild   Composer,Engineer
Christian Snilsberg   Engineer
Audun Borrmann   Engineer

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