Graham Reid | | <1 min read
The Susanna here is Norway's Susanna Wallumrod and the Magical Orchestra is keyboard player Morten Qvenild . . . and this Joy Division classic is right in their frame of reference because her vocals often work this ethereal and moody area, usually on originals.
She is quite some esthete also -- her siblings are renown musicians also -- and among her recent collaborators have been jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen and baroque harpist Giovanna Pessi, both of whom have recorded for ECM.
And given her interpretation of this song it's no surprise to learn she has also covered material by Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker and Nick Cave, Badfinger's Without You and Sandy Denny's Who Knows Where the Time Goes.
More surprising however are her covers of AC/DC, Thin Lizzy and Prince. And lyrics by Dorothy Parker.
This song however got onto the soundtrack of Grey's Anatomy a couple of times, and also on Skins.
It was made for slow moments of reflection.
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