‘My photographs are not about anorexia. They are about human suffering.’ Lene Marie Fossen
Lene Marie Fossen wanted to stop time 23 years ago. She was only 10 years old when she decided to stop eating and struggled with anorexia the rest of her life. She chose to be open about her disease and is best known for her beautiful and revealing self-portraits. Her soulful portraits of victims of the refugee crisis on the island of Chios in Greece also bear witness of a unique photographer and artist. Lene Marie’s last wish was that her work should be shared with as many people as possible.
Lene’s work and ambition
inspired Susanne Sundfør to collaborate with her when Lene asked, composing the
original soundtrack to the film ‘Self Portrait’. It became the last piece of
art she created as she passed just after the finalisation of the movie.
‘Self Portrait’ is a
Norwegian feature length documentary that tells the story of Lene Marie Fossen,
directed by Margreth Olin, Katja Høgset and Espen Wallin, and released in
Norway on 17th January 2020 with international distribution to
Susanne Sundfør’s original
soundtrack to ‘Self Portrait’ will be released on 10th January 2020
through Bella Union.
‘When The Lord’ is the lead track from the ‘Self Portrait’ score, released today, and is the only vocal track from the record.
On this Autumnal Friday we have releases from three of Bella Union’s finest. The first of which is a live album from the incredible Susanne Sundfør who performed a recorded show at the Barbican last year. The album is available as a deluxe limited edition super-heavy Cornflower Blue double Vinyl including B/W fold out collage poster and deluxe CD including B/W fold out collage booklet. Order HERE.
“Innovative and genuinely captivating… a musician who has truly mastered her field” The Independent
“Scandinavian magical mystery tour induces euphoria” Evening Standard
Secondly we have another live album from legendary Oklahoma band The Flaming Lips, who performed with the Colorado Symphony. The album is available via Bella Union on Digital and CD from today, to then be followed by a vinyl release in January. The Flaming Lips performed their universally acclaimed 1999 album The Soft Bulletin in its entirety with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. This particular event has been regarded by those in attendance as one of the most awe-inspiring, moving and magical moments of a lifetime. Order HERE.
“This is one of those albums people are going to obsess over for many years to come.” Pitchfork
“A joyous, celestial celebration of sound.” NME
And last but by no means least, The Low Anthem are releasing a tenth anniversary edition of their 2008 album ‘Oh My God, Charlie Darwin’. To celebrate the reissue, The Low Anthem will be heading out on tour across the US and Europe in 2019, which will include a London show at the Union Chapel tonight. Order HERE.
“These are magical songs laden with imagery and poignancy.” The Guardian
“The musical cadences employed in their songs leave the listener awash with comfort and the sense of homecoming.” Drowned In Sound
“Considered, innovative and genuinely captivating, tonight feels like the opus of a musician who has truly mastered her field.” The Independent – 5 Stars*****
“Scandinavian magical mystery tour induces euphoria and disorientation in equal measure” Evening Standard – 5 Stars*****
“… a stunning audio-visual feat … intricate, personal and emotionally devastating.” NME
Susanne Sundfør will release ‘Music For People In Trouble: Live From The Barbican’ on 29th November 2019, through Bella Union / Live Here Now. You can pre-order HERE and listen to the stunning ‘Reincarnation below…
Susanne Sundfør’s fifth album
‘Music For People In Trouble’ released in 2017 offered beautiful moments of respite for a world in turmoil and received
huge critical acclaim
with Mojo calling it “striking”, The
Guardian, “another triumph”, the Daily
Mirror, “a career defining album of the
year contender”, The 405 hailing her as “an
icon in the making”, and CMU as “one
of the greatest artists of the last decade”.
But what was to follow had critics and audience awestruck
once again as Sundfør presented ‘Music For People In Trouble’ in a unique live
show which took the intimate power of the album and elevated it to monumental
proportion in an immersive audio-visual production. Sundfør played the ‘Music
For People In Trouble’ show in just a handful of places across Scandinavia,
plus one UK show at The Barbican, London on 21st May 2018, which is
where this special recording was made,
“The Music for People in Trouble show at the Barbican was the last of a short and sweet tour, where me and my team of musicians and crew performed the album behind a veil that covered the whole front of the stage. We put videos on the veil, making the stage both a 2D and 3D experience alternating between animation, photography and live video of the performance layered on top of the actual performance. The veil was like a fishnet up close so the audience could easily see the musicians if the screen was blank. I’ve been touring on and off for a decade, and I felt like it was time to try something different with the way I perform my music. I’ve always loved going to the movies, opera, ballet, it sucks you in, it’s a more intense experience because it combines so many different artistic expressions at once, and that’s what I wanted with the Music for People in Trouble show. Unfortunately we didn’t get any good footage of the performance, it lives on in people’s minds, and there’s something unmodern and romantic that I like about that. You can’t google it. You’ll find snippets on Instagram, but it doesn’t reflect the three dimensional space of the beautiful concert halls we played in. It’s our little secret, our little, intimate moment together, us and the audience. But we got a good quality recording of the music, and that’s something at least.” (Susanne Sundfør)
Mercury Rev have shared their interpretation of Bobbie Gentry’s “Tobacco Road”, with featured vocalist and label mate Susanne Sundfør. The track is taken from the upcoming album The Delta Sweete Revisited – their track-by-track resurrection of Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 overlooked masterwork ‘The Delta Sweete.’ Speaking of the collaboration, Sundfør expressed the following… “The song and album are dark, mysterious, different, a sound I haven’t heard before. The Southern Gothic speaks to me and my Scandinavian dark heart, and I think Mercury Rev have done a fantastic job at sticking to the vibe of the original, but adding new life and beauty to their take on it. I’m really happy to be a part of the album.” Premiered today on Clash, you can now listen below…
The Delta Sweete Revisited is out 8th February via Bella Union (Partisan Records in the US). In addition to Susanne Sundfør, Mercury Rev are backed on vocals by an unmatched roster of women across a range of genres: Norah Jones, Margo Price, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Rachel Goswell (Slowdive), Susanne Sundfør, Lætitia Sadier (Stereolab), Marissa Nadler, Kaela Sinclair (M83) and more.
Originally released at the height of Gentry’s superstardom following her #1 smash “Ode To Billie Joe,” ‘The Delta Sweete’ is an unrestrained statement of empowerment that dips into everything from swamp-rock, R&B-style horns, and orchestral arrangements.‘The Delta Sweete Revisited’is Mercury Rev’s committed and affectionate resurrection of an album that anticipated by three decades their own pivotal expedition through transcendental America, 1998’s ‘Deserter’s Songs.’ Not unlike ‘The Delta Sweete,’ that record merged jazz, folk, and rock with Disney soundtrack fantasia, and heralded Mercury Rev’s rebirth as purveyors of a unique brand of the popular American songbook.