Susanna – “Who By Fire” (Leonard Cohen Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)
When Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanna covers a song, she melts it down to almost nothing, then casts her haunting voice like a fishing line, hooking onto emotions that are often deeper and darker than in the original. On her cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Who By Fire”, she morphs the song’s main hook into a ritualistic dirge, with ghastly vocal harmonies that blend into a wash of distant guitar. It’s a gorgeous reimagining that will appear on her upcoming EP, alongside covers of songs by Tina Turner and Phoenix. Hear “Who By Fire” and check out the tracklist for Songs Revisited EP below.
Songs Revisited EP Tracklist:
01 “Who By Fire” (Leonard Cohen)
02 “Everything Is Everything” (Phoenix)
03 “Traveling” (Susanna)
04 “What’s Love Got To Do With It” (Tina Turner)
05 “Death Hanging” (Susanna)
Songs Revisited EP is out May 5 via SusannaSonata.