Susanne Sundfør gained attention worldwide with her fourth studio album Ten Love Songs (2014), a synthpop masterpiece notable for Sundfør’s ethereal voice and the unconventional song structures. Sundfør discussed her strategy for making pop songs with The Guardian: “I read about how people’s brains feel comfortable with patterns, but even better if it takes a little turn, so that you have surprise but also familiarity.”

After the release of Ten Love Songs, she had a nervous breakdown that led to depression. Her breakdown after the album was a product of perfectionism and a hyperactive mind that no longer had an aim, and her depression led her to drop everything and travel the world with little purpose or direction. New material emerged out of her sadness as she lost her sense of self. She explained to The Telegraph: “It is like when you remove everything, there weren’t any boundaries. I was a tabula rasa, you know, a blank slate.”

Music for People in Trouble came out a couple of months ago with a sound that is radically different from Ten Love Songs, as Sundfør reverts back to a minimal, singer-songwriter sound present in her first albums. She ponders weighty topics in the songs: from the legitimacy of war to the significance of human action.

She plays Red Room at Cafe 939 on Thursday, November 2nd at 8 PM, and we have two tickets up for grabs! This giveaway closes Tuesday, October 31st at 10 PM, so get your submission in soon.

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