It’s a busy day at Supersense store in Vienna, when Mirel Wagner pops in for a recording session. The Ethiopian-Finnish singer-songwriter first gets photographed and it’s not just the analogue portrait that reveals her old soul. Once Mirel Wagner starts performing, everything else gets drowned out. And not because she gets loud, she never really does. Yet stripped to the bone her gloomy folk reveals an unshakeable strength and sobriety. Mirel Wagner has often faced the question how a young woman can sound so sad. In an interview with the German Rolling Stone she said: “I think it’s a bit lazy to say that I make sad music. Of course you might say the lyrics are bizarre or dark. But for me, the songs are first and foremost filled with desire. And there’s this hope in them that love overcomes everything. What I find sad is the soulless music that is on the radio most of the time, music that is simply product. If there is no life in it… is this not much sadder than a melancholic song?”
The café and conceptstore Supersense is situated in a Venetian style palazzo with golden stucco. Vienna’s most beautiful store is a paradise for lovers of analogue cameras, vinyl collectors or people who are looking for a fashionable gift. It’s no surprise that analogue instant photography is big here – it’s the only place in the world that offers chocolate-coloured polaroids as big as 20x24inch (50x60cm) – as the owner of Supersense has also co-founded “The Impossible Project” that produces instant film for classic Polaroid cameras. Also in terms of vinyl recording the shop is a cabinet of wonder. In a wooden record elevator you can produce your own vinyl-single and get your album cover pressed by hand on an old printing machine. And because trying out fancy gimmicks can be exhausting too, you might end up lounging in the entry area with some hand-roasted coffee or craft beer.