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I’ll start by saying that if you’re not familiar with Susanne Sundfør, you should go and listen to her last album Ten Love Songs straight away. Now. Then come back and listen to her new single, Undercover. The simplest way to summarise Susanne is that she’s a Norwegian electro-pop singer, and she’ll certainly appeal to fans of artists like Margaret Berger and Annie, as well as the new crop such as Sigrid, but there’s also more to her than that. Her music is majestic and orchestral, dark and beautiful, intricate and emotional. I loved Ten Love Songs so much that I purposefully kept my expectations low for her future output, as it does have the feel of a one-off special album that can’t be recreated. Sure enough, the first single from the new album isn’t as immediate as her previous singles Delirious and Fade Away, but it does have the sound and feel of Ten Love Songs, which is promising enough for me. Undercover is delicate and interesting, building up and developing as it goes on. It has the heartfelt lyrical candor Susanne has become known for, and the powerful, almost classical vocals, that contrast with the pop melody and unique production.

Released: 9th September
Writers: Svein Berge, Torbjorn Brundtland
Trivia: Susanne Sundfør’s last album Ten Love Songs was so special, I didn’t dare hope she’d ever do anything that good again, especially since her previous music hadn’t been very poptastic at all. I resigned myself to the idea that it was just a magic moment in time – she’d had her chance to go pop, done it well, and would now move on. Luckily, I was wrong, as she released her most poptastic single yet in 2016, lending her vocals to Never Ever by Royksopp, the fellow Norwegian act with whom she shares management. Never Ever is a lyrically uncomplicated ode which soars and sparkles – the uninhibited pure pop triumph she was a little too cool to reach on Ten Love Songs.
Best bits: 1. Never ever gonna let you go now
2. Wanna really show you (oh-oh oh-oh) what it’s all about
3. Get, get, get, get, get you, you, you

Released: 12th January
Writer: Susanne Sundfør
Trivia: Whenever anyone has asked me for a music recommendation in 2015, regardless of their personal tastes, I’ve told them to listen to Susanne Sundfør’s album, Ten Love Songs. I’m yet to hear of anyone who heard the album and didn’t become immediately obsessed, and Delirious is the song that best showcases its brilliance. It’s dramatic, theatrical, orchestral, unusual, and yet still as poptastic as anything the world’s top pop writers could come up with. And even more impressive, Delirious was written and produced by Susanne on her own. I hope that she will become more well-known in the future, and inspire many other female artists to write and produce their own music, and have confidence in their creative vision. The results could be spectactular.
Best bits: 1. “I told you not to come, my victim number one”
2. “You say that I’m delirious, but I’m not the one holding the gun”
3. “I hope you got a safety net, ‘cos I’m gonna push you over the edge”

As well as the new discoveries, I also saw some of my favourite Future Pop stars at The Great Escape. Here is a playlist of the top 10 best performers I saw at the festival this year…

1. Aurora
2. Delta Rae
3. Shamir
4. Al Bairre
5. Susanne Sundfør
6. Ekkah
7. Tobias Jesso Jr
8. Kali Uchis
9. Georgia
10. Ibeyi

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I’m a bit late on Susanne Sundfør, because I ignored her for ages thinking she was a boring indie-folk artist, when actually she makes very cool, quirky electro-pop. I should have had more faith – she is Norwegian, after all! Fade Away was the first single from her new album, Ten Love Songs, which is released this month. I was lucky enough to get a preview of the album recently and I can assure anyone who likes the singles that they will love the album. I recently came up with a simple way to summarise my music taste, “the closer to ABBA the better,” so Fade Away’s ABBA-esque sounds (mixed with an equally appealing Kate Bush influence) made it an instant favourite. Check out new single Delirious for another taste of the new album, and you can see Susanne live in London next month.