Songs by Suzy is our newest craze. We first spotted this nice singer/songwriter girl and her talented band at the Picknick festival in the Van der Werf Park back in July. We thoroughly enjoyed her performance which ranged from sentimental songs to downright hilarious ones (‘Man van de Zee’ is a song on how all women really want pirates instead of proper men), but the main things we noticed were the nice compositions, lyrical cleverness and of course the raw talent. And as it goes in Leiden, where everybody knows everybody, she turned out to be a friend of my friend and the room mate of another friend so luckily we had plenty of connections to tackle her for a Leiden Live episode, yay!
Last week we went to the student house where Suzanne and her backing vocalist Josefien both have beautiful rooms. We got to talk with them about music over some tea and delicious leftover birthday cake (Suzanne turned 27 the day before!).
Suzanne started young and sung in the Kathedrale Koor Utrecht and in several pop, jazz and rock bands. A couple of years ago she decided to devote all of her time to her own music and we are happy she did. Her music is a great mix of jazz, pop and a little cabaret. ‘The Truth' for example tells a lovely tale of how the world’s problems are caused by men (which is obviously true).
Although we think she is really good on the guitar, she thinks that piano is still her main instrument. That diversity you see with all of the band members. They all have their main instruments but at the same time they play a couple of other cool instruments on the side. They are just genuine musical people and that is what makes it particularly nice to hear them play live. Also, the voices of Suzanne and Josefien complement each other beautifully and make for a round, complete sound.
Her songs are surprisingly melodious and diverse for songs that are so easy to listen too. The lyrics are honest and clever. You can listen to them like stories that are recognizable and full of emotion. But even though her lyrics can be serious or sad, they are always presented with a hint of humor.
We are now regulars on her website where you can listen to a little playlist of her songs. You can also find her solo EP there. Right now she is working hard on some new songs so if you are curious, like her on Facebook!
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