’Sidespring’ will be released this monday, but we had an early listen to the album!
Don’t let the name scare you away. It’s a cacophonic name describing a deep symphony with an even deeper history behind it.
The core of Suns of Satan consists of the very talented Danish-Norwegian singer and percussionist Kristine Bjørg Markussen and her equally talented multi-instrumentalist husband Jeppe Søndergård Knudsen. Together the couple managed to create a lyrical gift to the listener on their debut album Sidespring. It’s a universe that sonically unravels bit by bit, and manages to sweep you along every time.
The sound of Sidespring is very quirky and unique, with a sense of naivety to it, which could be compared to another Danish act, Navneløs. Small but distinct sounds catch your attention and can be found on every track, especially the sound of a toy piano. As a complete opposite to the light and very approachable sound of the band, lies the thoughtful and deep lyrical aspect of Suns of Satan. The thoughts expressed on the record are fueled by the conflicting emotions Markussen gained from losing her mother to cancer but at the same time giving birth to her second son. The record deals with these and other contrasts and emotions, and like all the different sounds on the album, you have to listen to Sidespring multiple times in order to get the whole story.
Suns of Satan have really created a gem that forces you to sit down, be quiet, think and appreciate what’s being presented to you. A cacophonic hymn that sing you to sleep but at the same time shakes you to the core and make you almost awkwardly aware of vital aspects in your life. And despite the graveness behind the album, Sidespring manages to be a now rarely seen creation of sweet, well produced and thoughtful melodic pop. Do yourself a big favor and enjoy this beautiful piece of work
The album is out on the 3rd of June, but you can catch a live performance with both Suns of Satan and alternative pop act Lars and the Hands of Light at radar on the 1st of June at Radar, where they will no doubt play some of their beautiful compositions. If you are the lucky owner of a Radar Lydkort tickets sell at only 10 kr, otherwise they sell at 80 kr.