susanna Go Dig My Grave (CD, £12.75)
Susanna has never been one to shy away from the great questions in her music. With her 12th album, she explores historic musical gaps by combining music from the Great American Songbook and old English traditionals with baroque instrumentation and her own, characteristic vocal interpretations. Add some Henry Purcell, some Lou Reed, and Susanna’s own composition, and the unique complexity of Susanna’s artistry is evident: ‘Go Dig My Grave’ is a profoundly personal collection of dark songs with deep roots through centuries of American and European musical heritage. An unnerving combination of existential despair and musical beauty, ‘Go Dig My Grave’ presents a selection of songs straddling issues of lost love, abandonment – and a merciless thirst for liquor.The album is strongly centred around Susanna’s voice and personal expression, bringing to mind sometimes her older sisters in folk, Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins, and sometimes referencing historic artists like opera singer and experimental musician Klaus Nomi.
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