When Sassy 009 played Roskilde Festival in 2018, they performed as a trio. Along the way, the group has been reverted into a solo venture for primus motor Sunniva Lindgård.
Lindgård has always been an independent spirit. As a child of classically trained musicians, she tried playing many instruments at an early age. However, she was more interested in seeking out beautiful sounds than practising techniques and methods, so she rejected the whole classical approach.
She later had an epiphany in school, making electronic music as a school project. Inspired by a female producer like Grimes, she started making music under the intended placeholder name Sassy 009, which ended up being the final project name.
In 2019, Lindgård released her first EP as a solo effort (it’s also worth seeking out the former trio’s debut EP Do You Mind from 2017) with the somewhat destructive title Kill Sassy 009, perhaps as a way to reconstruct her own project.
And it does have a more personal feel to it.
The quality of her nocturnal, downtempo dance music is that it works both in a club and in headphones. There’s an intimacy and sensuality running throughout that sounds like secrets being whispered into your ears.
Lindgård skilfully layers delicate harmonies over disorienting synths, interspersed with urgent vocals and euphoric beats.
Another side of Sassy 009 can be heard on the track “Lara” which Lindgård made together with US indie singer-songwriter Clairo who is a fan of Sassy 009’s sounds.
Catch a reborn artist as Sassy 009 takes the stage at Roskilde Festival – as one person but with a whole world of sound.