Self Portrait Original Soundtrack [EP]
Susanne Sundfør’s latest release is the soundtrack to a documentary film about the anorexic photographer Lene Marie Fossen. The film sounds compelling, the movie’s trim album score will take you part of the way there. Over simple, evocative piano pieces – some with slight choral undertones – Sundfør supplies a thoughtful handful of cues. Main vocal piece, the only actual ‘song’ here is the EP’s hinge, When The Lord. Either side of that we have lovey instrumental pieces with choral voiced refrains.
Lene asked Susanne to provide the score and it was Fossen’s final piece of work – the disease that had informed her life and life’s work taking her from this world in the post-production stages of the film. This is her way of sharing her work with the world; it was the final chance she saw and seized.
It might be impossible to remove that knowledge from your mind as you listen to the calming, meditative music that Sundfør has created. But the pieces here – particularly Lys and Snøen – are wonderful little musical reveries. I imagine whole worlds as I listen to this brief soundtrack; it’s like a starter for a full album. Obviously it has the images it was made for that will carry it even further.
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