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Hanne Hukkelberg

Blood From a Stone

Nettwerk

Review By Amy Scott-Samuel


Originating from Kongsberg, Norway, Hanne Hukkelberg has been making music and testing out her vocal capabilities from the ripe old age of three. Performing with an ever-expanding cast of friends and accomplished musicians, Blood From a Stone is Hukkelberg’s third release as a solo artist. Listening to the disc, one can certainly detect Hanne’s early punk/noise roots, and her assimilation into a scene that championed d.i.y. noise and experimentation over musical uniformity. Like the songs from Cocteau Twins, Joanna Newsom or Coco Rosie, Hukkelberg’s music has a distinctly ethereal quality. It captivates and entices, transporting the listener through a series of dark, foreboding and enchanted spaces. Blood From a Stone certainly lends itself to the majesty and grace of Hukkelberg’s voice. If the world is a stone, Hukkelberg is the crimson blood that spills forth from it—unapologetic, whimsical, and brimming with emotion and depth. Hukkelberg’s music offers a cathartic diversion from the humdrum of the everyday as it creates a space to engage in fantasy, and acts as a medium for ecstatic, unadulterated feeling. Drawing inspiration from bands like Einstürzende Neubauten and Sonic Youth, Hukkelberg utilizes everything from kitchen utensils to clacking type writers, flag poles, shrieking sea gulls and purring cats, to weave a unique and poignant miasma of textured, layered and ambient sounds.