Boomkat Product Review:
Susanna expands March's Baudelaire-influenced "Elevation" with help from collaborators Stina Stjern and Delphine Dora, who flesh out the title track and a handful of extras with cassette-damaged concréte processes, mellotron drones and pristine vocals.
While it was billed as a Susanna album, "Elevation" was actually a collaboration with French artist Delphine Dora and Norwegian musician Stina Stjern. The three artists offered a shared reflection on Charles Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs Du Mal", the controversial book of poems that's inspired artists as diverse as Rabit and early electronic innovator Ruth White. This additional short form EP extends the trio's world, reworking the the title track and fleshing it out with hazy mellotron notes from Dora and tape recorded birdsong from Stjern.
The rest of the tracks are equally engaging, from the cracked ferric chops of opener 'Come Avalanche' that mutates from pained 'n saturated chimes into surrealist spoken word, to the Lynchian back-room noise-cum-ambient flex of 'News to the Spirit'. Recommended.