The Danger of Light (1/28 UK), the third album from Switzerland's Sophie Hunger, is as diverse, bold and adventurous as we've come to expect from this extraordinary -- and sadly underexposed -- performing songwriter. Recorded in Europe and the U.S. and produced by Adam Samuels (Daniel Lanois, John Frusciante), Hunger taps into her background in jazz, classical and theater to deliver an array of artful and dramatic songs in mostly English with a few in German and French. As with her brilliant (and DC faved) 2010 album 1983, Danger's tracks are presented without glossy studio gimmickry, Hunger and her backing musicians, including Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Nathaniel Walcott (Bright Eyes), delving into acoustic folk ballads, horn-enshrined torchy blues and the alternative cabaret that haunts the darker sides of Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor. This is an album that needs to be savored from start to finish, but we'll steer you to the crescendo-building "My Oh My II" and the spooky, brassy "Heharun" to whet your appetite. U.S. release? Stay tuned...
“Like a young Polly Harvey, she’s hard to ignore…obsessive, spooky and beautiful’ – Mojo
"She veers between ingénue-like delicacy and cobwebbed weirdness” – Guardian
Switzerland’s Sophie Hunger is set to return with her third album The Danger of Light, released in the UK on 28 January 2013. Sophie will play London Jazz Cafe on November 9 2012 in support of her new album and lead single LikeLikeLike (out November 12).
The release of The Danger of Light follows a characteristically prolific 2012 for Sophie. In Spring she produced and staged a one-man show entitled “Bob Dylan – Be Part of My Dream“ in Paris, a run which was reprised this Summer at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Hunger also took time to contribute to Cornelia Rainer’s play ‘Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz‘ at the Salzburger Festspiele. Amidst these commitments, Sophie recorded the new album (her third studio release) in sessions between Europe and America, with an eclectic roll call of contributors including Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nathaniel Walcott (Bright Eyes) and Steven Nistor (Danger Mouse). With Adam Samuels (Warpaint, John Frusciante) at the production helm, The Danger of Light further evidences the precosity which Sophie has hitherto made her creative blueprint.
Raised the daughter of a diplomat between homes in Switzerland, Germany and the UK, and weaned on an idiosyncratic musical diet of classical music and jazz, Hunger‘s less than ordinary life is reflected across her work. She recorded her first album ’Sketches By The Sea‘ in her own front room, and went on to sell several thousand copies through word of mouth alone. Her subsequent studio release ’Monday’s Ghost‘ and ’1983‘ both went to Number 1 in the Swiss album charts. In 2012 Hunger appeared on the John Peel Glastonbury Stage, which in no mean feat saw her become the first Swiss artist to ever play the festival. Hunger is also a keen political commentator, and has long contributed critically acclaimed columns to the German newspaper De Zeit.