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It took Norwegian songstress Susanne Sundfør six albums and several collaborations (including Röysksopp and M83) to reach pop perfection, but when she did on her latest LP Ten Love Songs, she brought the big guns.

It’s quite rare to stumble across an album both ambitious and accomplished. Mixing all sorts of instruments, genres and influences, Sundfør creates a record so detailed, emotional and grand that you are left feeling like you’ve fallen in love and then got heartbroken at least a couple of times during these epic 47 minutes.

Obvious standouts are James Bond-esque “Delirious,” the 10-minute-long dark Scandinavian fairytale “Memorial” and the pulsating electropop banger “Kamikaze” that can satisfy our hunger for the next Robyn album. And don’t forget the haunting organs in “Accelerate” that makes you double check if there’s a Phantom of the Opera lurking somewhere in the shadows. “Don’t tell anyone that we’re having fun,” Sundfør begs on the cryptic closing number “Insects.” Sorry, Susanne, but I have to

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Susanne Sundfør is sharing the I Break Horses remix of “Delirious” ahead of the release of her new album, “Ten Love Songs”.

Explaining the original version’s intent, Sundfør says:

“I wanted to write a cinematic song about love and power. It started off with just the beat and bass and as I developed it I added the strings and more and more vocal arrangements, until I felt the message was clear enough.”

I Break Horses have taken that cinematic thread and run with it, though they’ve jettisoned the strings and Sundfør’s natural register. The remix is a dramatic twist on the original, taking it from the climactic scenes of a romance flick to the reverent chambers of dystopian sci-fi. Sundfør is pitch-shifted into a morose baritone, the synths sputter and fizz, drenched in reverb, to summon an ecclesiastical atmosphere; it’s gone from being about interpersonal power struggles to a zoomed-out paean to control. “Delirious” is now swamped with shadows, and while the original cut isn’t blindingly light, I Break Horses have made it seem so with this gorgeous 6 minutes of darkness. Sundfør’s “Ten Love Songs” is due 16th February on Sonnet Sound. She’ll perform a UK sold-out show at London’s Scala on 3rd March.

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Norwegian singer/songwriter Susanne Sundfør’s music packs quite the epic, emotional punch—imagine the sweeping teenage grandeur of M83 mixed with Zola Jesus‘ throaty electro-goth—and new song “Delirious” certainly speaks to her powers, with machine-gun drums and synths that sound so burly that they should be tested for creative use. The track’s from her new album, “Ten Love Songs”, which will see release in February via Sonnet Sound/Kobalt Records.”I wanted to write a cinematic song about love and power,” Sundfør “It started off with just the beat and bass and as I developed it I added the strings and more and more vocal arrangements, until I felt the message was clear enough.”

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