"I believe setting goals is overrated," says Sassy 009's Sunniva Lindgaard. "Life unfolds in a much greater extent on its own terms."
It's a statement that is both simultaneously emblematic and at odds with Sassy 009's latest release. On one hand, the hotly tipped trio is now a solo project - something no amount of planning could likely foresee - but on the other, the end result feels completely right to continue as an autonomous pursuit. "I must say working by myself feels very natural," she admits.
After 2017's 'Do You Mind' EP - that led to celebratory press from the
likes of Pitchfork and the Guardian - Lindgaard began to explore the
duality that arose from changing personal circumstances and prospering
creative ones. "For the past few years I've learnt to live with a lot of
unexpected wavy stuff turning me upside down emotionally," she says.
"While also seeing my musical career blossom. This two-sided lifestyle makes me create music for some reason, and the process evolves itself by my strong will of wanting to cut through the membrane between confusion and clarity."
When trying to tap into the essence of her latest work, Lindgaard describes it as: "electronic, symphonic, poetic and hypnotizing." all of which go someway to capturing the introspective euphoria of her latest work. Her vocals are at once fragile and floating, but also joyous and uplifting; underneath her voice sits rich, engulfing soundscapes, pulsing synths and cracking beats - it's a place where ambient, dream pop, electronica and deconstructed club music all coalesce to find a new form.
The music captures a profound sense of intimacy, like having something whispered directly into your ear, but it's also a vivacious and pulsating record that frequently erupts into throbs of pummelling electronics. The intimacy ultimately stemming from the simple roots of the music. "It always starts with me making music at home with my headphones," she says. "I sit with a cup of tea or glass of red wine with some candles. I guess you could call it a classic bedroom pop situation but in my case it's more of a kitchen table pop thing." But as those tracks evolve, they take on a more twisted and animated form, as she works with friend and co-producer Baya.
The songs evolving into new, previously unexplored terrain also fits in with what was running through Lindgaard's head at the time. "I had quite an intense period of fascination for the universe and existential thoughts, as well as being very much into spaceship aesthetics." The music reflects this deeply textured, thoughtful, otherworldly and almost sci-fi-esque tone. "I have a thing for things I don't understand, like time and space." It was being introduced to the Roland Juno 106 and Oberheim-OB6 synths that led to the sound of the record taking shape and honing in on its aesthetic narrative. "My vision was to create my own spaceship. That's sort of the picture I have in my head when I think of my EP. Plus, my co-producer Baya's studio sort of feels like a spaceship itself, which made the whole working and recording environment inspiring and easy going."
The end of the project was not only a period of intense catharsis but also one of creative re-birth as Sassy 009 was re-born as a new project with a new identity. "When I finished the record, me and Baya listened through with the lights off, laying on the couch and in an office chair, closing our eyes and experiencing the journey we just had created. After the last track had played there was this thirty seconds of silence between us and then I said, 'Baya, I know what the title is going to be... 'KILL SASSY 009'. And he just said, 'There you have it, Sunni'".
"hands-in-the-air jam that will leave you riding high on an endorphin rush by the time it's done." - Pitchfork
"If you're in need of a soundtrack to your summer crush - or just a song to have a summer crush on - consider Sassy 009" - Guardian
"hypnotic electronic pop" - Dazed
30 Oct, 2019
SASSY 009 doesn't cease to surprise these days. In a different space compared to the dark and cinematic 'Thrasher' and the 134 bpm electro-pop banger 'Maybe in the Summer' singles, the Norwegian producer is now ready to share her third track of 2019. 'Are You Still a Lover' explores the sensitive and more organic aspects of SASSY's music, who grew up listening to the likes of Joy Division, even introducing electric guitar and bass guitar for the first time in a production. The result is an intimate post-punk inspired pop tune that, despite its fragile nature, has the drive and power stance to lock in listeners with its hypnotic momentum.
"'Are You Still a Lover' is a reflection on death and love. I've always been a very seeking person when it comes finding meaning and asking questions to our existence as humans, and in this song ask such a banal question as 'are you still a lover when you're gone?'. I guess you could ask, 'gone, in what way?' and I simply have no answer to this question, other than; There are a lot of things I still don't understand."
"Also - it was really about time to bring the bass guitar into my universe."
Premiered in High Snobiety.
09 Oct, 2019
SASSY 009's new single 'Maybe In The Summer' is featured in The Fader.
Taken from the forthcoming 'KILL SASSY 009' EP.
04 Oct, 2019
SASSY 009 will play The Great Escape Festival's 'First Fifty' in London on 14th November.
Featured in Clash magazine.
21 Sep, 2019
SASSY 009 live in Copenhagen is reviewed in Crack Magazine.
10 Jul, 2018
SASSY 009 are featured in the French web-zine Double Croche.
04 Jul, 2018
Pop-Kultur takes place at various venues around Berlin from the 15th to 17th August, and features several artists from the Primary Talent International & Decked Out artist rosters.
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
18 May, 2018
The Great Escape festival will take place at multiple venues across Brighton, from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May, and a great many Primary Talent International & Decked Out artists will be taking part.
Friday 18th May
...Art School Girlfriend
For further information, consult The Great Escape website.
14 May, 2018
SASSY 009 were featured in the Guardian Music's 'One To Watch', with their new track 'Pretty Baby'.
See them live at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, next weekend.
08 May, 2018
SASSY 009's new track 'Pretty Baby' is featured as Guardian Music's 'One To Watch'.
06 Feb, 2018
The Field Day festival will take place in Brockwell Park, London on 1st / 2nd June and will feature these Primary Talent & Decked Out artists.
Friday 1st June
Saturday 2nd June
|14 Nov 19||The Courtyard Theatre||London|
|15 Nov 19||Botanique||Brussels, Belgium|
|19 Nov 19||Kantine am Berghain||Berlin, Germany|
|21 Nov 19||Sodra Teatern||Stockholm, Sweden|
|06 Dec 19||Garage Noord||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|07 Dec 19||La Boule Noire||Paris, France|