The end of the world is here. You are a soul sans a physical body, suspended in a perplexing yet comfortable state, in what appears to be an endless sky stretching in all directions. Other twinkling souls surround you, all facing inward toward an empty space. A bright light from the space illuminates everything, and suddenly you know, without a doubt, that love is all there is and ever was. The light shrinks and silhouettes a female human form. She begins to sing . . .
I find myself a smidgen anxious while writing this, as there could be no way to string words together to effectively encapsulate how much this album means to me. It is (and I anticipate it will remain for some time) my favorite album released this year, so far. It’s stunningly gorgeous in a multitude of different ways, and I will do my best to highlight just a few of those.
Susanne Sundfør may not be a name you recognize immediately unless you’re reading this from somewhere in Norway or its surrounding areas, where Sundfør is something of a household name and musical hero. Ten Love Songs is her sixth album, but only her second that’s been released on a wide scale. To put it candidly, Sundfør fills each album with simply gorgeous little pop songs nestled within expansive worlds of classical and electronic instrumentation. Her previous album, The Silicone Veil (also a masterpiece, in my opinion), drives a little more on the experimental side of the road, while this record embraces the pop lane in the best way.
From the very first few seconds of “Darlings,” it’s clear that Sundfør and her angelic voice are just something different; something worth listening to and sharing with people you care about. “Fade Away,” “Delirious,” and “Slowly” are perfect, timeless pop songs for any generation. “Memorial” and “Trust Me” could be amazing, world-altering novels in written form. I truly believe Susanne Sundfør has the potential to ignite a terraforming of the entire pop music landscape, forcing simpleminded artists to rethink their strategies entirely. If you’re seeking gorgeously-orchestrated, experimentally-minded pop music, this album is for you.
– stasi (@stasisphere)