All you really need to know about Norway's Susanna Wallumrød is revealed when you hear her voice, an instrument of rare ethereal beauty we've described as "impossibly luminous" on her work with Morten Qvenildon in the duo Susanna & The Magical Orchestra. But distinct from her string of radically reworked covers -- listen to her take on Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak" below -- Wallumrød is also an exceptional songwriter as she proves again on Wild Dog, a new solo project arriving March 16 in Europe. Jeremy Gara from Arcade Fire on drums, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily (Jolie Holland) and Emmett Kelly (Bonnie “Prince” Billy) on guitars guest on the new project described as “apocalyptic traditional music from a different universe”, ten songs that move Wallumrød away from her Orchestra's lush electronics and into starker, more organic indie alt-pop territory. As on lead track "Freeze", Wallumrød's vocals retain the silken, understated qualities we've come to expect while she and her studio players create a dark backdrop for the song's lovely melodic lines.
Susanna Wallumrød - "Freeze" (from Wild Dog)
Susanna Wallumrød - "Jailbreak" (Live in the studio version)