Susanna has always sought to respect her influences.
The Scandinavian songwriter's 2019 album 'Garden Of Earthly Delights' saluted Hieronymous Bosch, while her next album looks to a pioneer of French poetry.
Baudelaire's groundbreaking sensuality matched technical innovation to a desire to disrupt, and proved extraordinarily influential.
'Baudelaire & Piano' lands on September 11th, and it's as the title describes: Susanna, a piano, and the words of Charles Baudelaire.
Recorded at Atlantis Studio in Stockholm, it utilises ten texts from Baudelaire's seminal work The Flowers Of Evil.
"I wanted to approach this material in an almost dogmatic way," she says, "to present the songs in a naked, stripped-down form, alone at the piano. These poems have so many layers and contain such rich expanding emotions to me."
She continues: "These words have the power to transport and transcend me, to new places, other places, places I didn’t know of before."
'The Dancing Snake' is one of the real centrepieces of the project, a work driven forward by Susanna's sense of purpose, and her deep and abiding love for the source material.
Radically re-worked, the text also pushes her into a fresh sphere, giving 'The Dancing Snake' a quite unique identity.
Tune in now.
Photo Credit: Martin Rustad Johansen
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