Susanna and the Magical Orchestra: Love Will Tear Us Apart (2006)

 |   |  <1 min read

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra: Love Will Tear Us Apart (2006)

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.

For more one-offs, oddities or songs with an interesting backstory see From the Vaults

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Pearl Bailey: A Man is a Necessary Evil (1956)

Pearl Bailey: A Man is a Necessary Evil (1956)

Hard to believe, but Richard Nixon once appointed an "Ambassador of Love". It was 1970 (after Woodstock, but also after Altamont and the Tet Offensive) and more unbelievable was just who... > Read more

Lightnin' Hopkins: Automobile (1949)

Lightnin' Hopkins: Automobile (1949)

Bob Dylan aficionados should get a copy of this on 33 1/3rpm record and play it at 45, or at about 40rpm. And lo! It sounds perilously close in many ways -- an inspiration if nothing else... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

MILES DAVIS, ON THE CORNER: The man with the bellbottoms

MILES DAVIS, ON THE CORNER: The man with the bellbottoms

The cliche has become so embedded that hardly anyone questions it: “indie label good, major label bad”.   As with most generalisations it doesn’t support much scrutiny:... > Read more

Perth, Western Australia: Journey to the end of the world

Perth, Western Australia: Journey to the end of the world

For many years I thought Perth was in Western Australia. Then I went there. My recollection is this: up at around 5am to get a taxi to the airport to wait two hours before departure, three hours to... > Read more