Susanna (Credit: Anne Valeur)
It's a dramatically re-worked traditional song...

Norwegian artist Susanna has shared her dramatic version of the traditional song 'Freight Train'.

The songwriter found herself in Los Angeles a while back, using her spare time to dig through record shops.

Happening across a folk record by Elizabeth Cotton, she became entranced by its stark simplicity, it's ability to channel something universal while retaining a certain mystery.

Deciding to record one of the songs, Susanna's new version of 'Freight Train' takes pride of place on new album 'Go Dig My Grave'.

She explains: "Digging for gold in LA’s vinyl stores, I came across Elizabeth Cotten’s album 'When I’m Gone' which is an appealing title in itself. A wonderful record, and one of the songs is 'Freight Train'. I am deeply fascinated by how people think of death, as the final rest or the moving beyond to something new- do you find comfort in thinking it’s all going to end some day or do you fear it."

"'Freight Train' is such a masterpiece of a song, cut to the bone about being content with what this life has to offer, the tempo of it all and how some day it’s going to be just fine to wrap it up."

Backed by Swiss baroque harp player Giovanna Pessi, accordion player Ida Hidle and fiddle player/folk singer Tuva Syvertsen, this new version has a rich, wintery feel, the simplicity of the arrangement lending new intensity to the song's lyricism.

A genuinely entrancing experience, it's dominated by Susanna's hypnotic, wholly original vocal.

Susanna's new album 'Go Dig My Grace' will be released on February 9th.

Photo Credit: Anne Valeur

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