Single Review – Susanne Sundfør – Mountaineers feat. John Grant

Second single from soon to be released new album ‘Music For People In Trouble’ ‘Mountaineers’ see’s Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør team up with, the always intriguing, John Grant to produce a track that feels closer to a cloistral hymn than alt-pop. If your idea of calm involves the throaty sound of distant monks gathered around an ancient shrine, during the foggy hours of a cold morning, ‘Mountaineers’ is perfect for you. With the feel of one of those ten minute YouTube audio videos meant to relax your mind with the constant hum of Tibetan singing bowls, John Grant’s drifting vocal opens the single with an eerie atmosphere of rumbled, over-tone style chanting.Though medieval Gregorian chant isn’t the only style being included here. Things gradually transform as Sundfør’s crystal clear vocal breaks over the track, after 2 minutes and 14 seconds. Flitting between bluesy vocal and a clarity that feels almost anime like. At around the 3-minute mark things even begin humming with the sound of an 80’s power ballad, a little Jennifer Rush mixed with Kate Bush, as organ chords ring out, rising towards that unseen mountain top, before things fracture slightly into a more chaotic crescendo and Sundfør brings her expedition to its gentle close. 

Hayley Miller

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