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Baker's Dozen

Heading To The West Coast: Susanne Sundfør's 13 Favourite LPs
Michael Hann , September 13th, 2017 08:32

The Norwegian pop star made one of 2015's best albums in Ten Love Songs, but her Baker's Dozen reflects that synthpop was never where her heart lay


Carly Simon - No Secrets
It's a favourite from my teens, another one from my dad's collection, and another brilliant songwriter. She does this thing in her songs where she starts very soulful, then goes on a harmonic journey before landing safely again. I've stolen so much from her. She taught me how to write music, basically. And she wrote the best James Bond theme. I also think we share the same shyness. I feel very close to her, and her music. I like that some of her lyrics are quite childish. That's refreshing, and I appreciate that; I've always appreciated music and lyrics that are very direct, and she's very good at that. With the titles of my two last albums - 10 Love Songs and Music For People in Trouble - I wanted them to be a bit stupid. I'm drawn to that kind of art where you're told: "This is what it is.” And then you have to figure out yourself the depth of it, instead of having a very extravagant and deep title and trying to work out what it's about. Music is a different language, and whenever I talk about it, I think afterwards that I wasn't able to say what I mean. That's why music is so mysterious. It's not language. It's not talking. It's singing, and it hits a chord in us that we can't explain, but it's very strong.