I recently compared Jenny Hval to bits and pieces of Susanne Sundfor (not literal bits and pieces, obviously) and totally forgot to mention that Susanne released an album this year as well. „Ten Love Songs“ is what you’d call a „Slow Burner“ because it starts a little tame and very much in the safe realms of pop* and slowly develops the typical Sundfor sound of grand classical compositions and this weirdly uncanny valley feeling of electronic alienation that never gets too intense (intense as in „Please make the Polar Express drive off a bridge“). Imagine a weirdly lit prom in the 80s where the adults are absent and everyone is too tired to really freak out. That’s the effect some of the slower songs evoke in me (maybe I should reconsider my life choices, though).
The album picks up speed around „Fade Away and somewhere around the end it has reached the „Silicon Veil“ heights of deliriousness (coincidentally, one of the outstanding songs on this album is called „Delirious“).
Weirdly, on the recorded version she doesn’t sound that Kate Bush-y as in this live version. It’s probably the total Kate Bush-move when she sings “I am not the one holding the gun”. I dig it both ways.
I don’t know how much thought was put into the tracklisting but would bet that Susanne didn’t just draw some numbers. Therefore, let me openly admire the bold move to please and then surprise the new listeners (probably SIA-fans) with pop tunes that go out into the wild and simultaneously confuse and then excite old listeners who don’t have to fear that Susanne will anytime soon write a “simple! album.
*Let’s just say that it is safe pop in my world. There are probably Britney Spears fans out there that would be absolutely alienated by this.