Suns of Satan present quite the paradox: their name alone screams a heavy, brooding darkness; something ugly and voluptuous with unpleasantness. This is not the case. Singer, songwriter and percussionist Kristine Bjørg Markussen fronts this Aarhus, Denmark collective, which creates hauntingly beautiful European orchestral folk-pop.
In the band’s new album Sidespring, “Helt Heltinde” is an intimate highlight. With a hint of eccentricity, experimentalism, and free jazz, a saxophone blurts out seemingly random, erratic notes atop a bed of beauty. Soft strings, a hint of flute, softly pleasant percussion — these are elements Suns of Satan employ to entice you and draw you in. And throughout you hear Kristine’s vocals, shrouded in light mystery, thickly accented and unquestionably alluring.
On further inspection, it may not necessarily be a paradox but a duality between light and darkness, good and evil: “Sun” being the former and “Satan” following. Still, there hardly seems to be a trace of the latter here.
About the band, Suns of Satan’s label confirms this:
Bjørg’s compositions revolve around the dichotomy between life and death, home and away, man and woman, good and evil. The on the one hand naivistic and at the same time thoughtful lyrical universe reflects the opposing feelings of losing her mother to cancer at the same time as her second son was born.
That label is Father Figure Records and they released Sidespring back in June. Check out “Helt Heltine” below.