With a career that’s spanned over a decade, Norwegian born Susanna Wallumrød has produced many projects surrounded by an aura of serene beauty. From the sombre art pop of Flower of Evil to the delicate chamber folk of If Grief Could Wait with Giovanna Pessi, her records are often as bleak as they are ethereal. Her finest work to date perhaps stands as 2014's collaboration with Jenny Hval, Meshes of Voice, a stunning project that helped cement both artists as two of the finest songwriters and voices in recent years.

Susanna’s latest, Go Dig My Grave, is a record that’s as dark as its title suggests, rooted in themes of death and depression, immediately noticeable with cover versions of Lou Reed’s bittersweet ode to heroin 'Perfect Day', Elkie Brooks 'Lilac Wine', Joy Division’s 'Wilderness', and Elizabeth Cotton’s 'Freight Train'. It's a list of songs that would suggest a soundtrack the mourning of a loved one or descent into depression, if ever there was one. Susana’s approach to these compositions is wholly unique, interpreting there mostly miserable lyrics in a more sonically matching form, purging out the post-punk stomp of 'Wilderness' and slight optimism of Reed’s 'Perfect Day'.

When it comes to original material, the record homes a haunting title track, revolving its self around the narrative of a tragic teen suicide. Further illustrating Wallumrød’s implacable nack of tying narratives into satisfying songs. The plot spirals down as she details the heart-breaking aftermath of the premature departure “He took his knife and he cut her down and in her bosom these words he found”.

Instrumentally, the album is built upon moody atmospherics and eerie minimalism, shown beautifully on tracks like 'Cold Song' a concoction of lightly played harp and lingering accordion. The record’s is sonic pallet is vastly expanded by the contributions from harpist and previous collaborator Giovanna Pessi, accordion player Ida Hidle and Tuva Syvertsen, the leaning towards traditional folk instrumental creates a natural air medieval atmospheres channelling the likes of David Tibet’s cult folk group Current 93.

Regardless of its leanings towards the descent into gloom, Go Dig My Grave retains a gorgeous edge, Susanna’s vocals are alluring as ever, on one of her most unique projects to date. the Record is fit with some of the most intriguing dissections of bleak classics in recent memory. Texturally dense and melodically enchanting Susanna continues to mold stories into intricate tracks. Even when they're not her own, they sure as hell sound it.