Boomkat Product Review:
Susanna Wallumrød's 2011-released album is finally available once again after being deleted in 2018 following a label dispute.
'Jef vil hjem til menneskene' (I want to go home to the humans) might be the great, lost Susanna album. It was recorded in Stockholm in 2010 with Supersilent's Ståle Storløkken, Motorpsycho's Magnus Ryan, Splashgirl's Jo Berger Myhre and Nils Petter Molvær-collaborator Erland Dahlen, but after a problem with accounting, the label pulled it from digital platforms and destroyed the remaining stock. In November 2021, Wallumrød offered a temporary corrective with a release of the album's demos, but it's great to finally hear it in its original form once again.
Here she writes music around poetry from Gunvor Hofmo, one of Norway's most influential modernist writers - a tragic, openly gay figure who was institutionalized for almost two decades. Wallumrød's treatments are vulnerable and restrained, there's an unmistakable jazziness but it's not jazz, and although the album tip-toes around prog rock and blues, it never fully commits to anything as trackable. Her voice pulls us through, guided spiritually by Hofmo's moving words, and if you've heard any of Susanna's material you'll know how potent that combination promises to be. A lost gem.