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Hanne Hukkelberg


Country of origin:

Norway

Type of music generally:

Evocative/eclectic experimental jazz/alt pop

Status:

Most recent release, Featherbrain (2012)

See also:

Hanne Hukkelberg's site

Wikipedia's entry for Hanne Hukkelberg

Comparisons:

Billie Holiday, Stina Nordenstam, Björk, Joanne Newsom, Regina Spektor, Anja Garbarek

Covers/own material:

Own, occasional co-writing, occasional cover

General comments:

a stina/björk/joanne newsom hybrid. very ecto. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Funky, jazzy, lively, gorgeous-voiced music. Torchy and playful both, there are moments when she's channeling Billie Holiday, I swear, but a Billie Holiday very much of this time, and yes I hear the Stina Nordenstam/Björk/Joanne Newsom there, too. And a little Anja Garbarek and Regina Spektor in the mix, too, in the playful jazziness. Björk again in the playfulness and willingness to experiment with instruments and sound. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Little Things

Recordings:


Little Things

Release info:

2004—Propeller Recordings (Norway); 2005—Leaf—Bay 44CD

Availability:

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Hanne Hukkelberg—vocals, glockenspiel, casio, guitar, mouth rhythms, water, plastic bottle, wurlitzer, synth, bass, wineglasses, piano, bicycle spokes, lyre, violin

Guest artists:

Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim—programming, sampling, keyboards, theramin, mandlin, bass clarinet, banjo, accordion
Erland Dahlen—pots and pans, drums, eggs
Sidsel Walstad—harp on 1 track
Yngvil F. Bjellaanes—cello on 2 tracks
Martin Taxt—tuba on 2 tracks
Jorn Raknes—lapsteel on 1 track
Evan Ormestad—bass on 1 track
Geir Sundstol—pedal steel guitar on 1 track, mandolin on 1 track
Jorgen Munkeby—tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, vocal on 3 tracks
Sigrun Gomnæs—vibraphone on 1 tack
Lena Nymark—saxophone on 1 track
Jan Martin Smordal—baritone guitar, on 1 track
Peter Baden—drums on 2 tracks, whistling on 1 track
Henning Sandsdalen—guitar on 1 track

Produced by:

Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim

Comments:

Little Things is ace. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

A wonderful collection of songs. I love how she plays with the music and experiments with sounds and with instruments (and her voice) according to each song's demands. Some torchy songs and some playful songs. "Do Not As I Do", especially, is a classic. This album just grows and grows on me. (Neile)


Rykestrasse 68

Release info:

2007—Propeller Recordings (Nettwerk Productions U.K.)—5 037703 06902

Availability:

Europe

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Hanne Hukkelberg—vocals, wurlitzer, snaps, claps, nylon-string guitar, solina, piano, glockenspiel, track piano, chandelier, bass drum, meta can, kettles, bell, knife, radio, alt flute, bottole on table, money, synth, bicycle wheel, mellotron, celeste, Remington 20 typewriter, percussion, drums, mouth rhythms, meditation bowl, banjo, wooden shoe, cutlery, kitchen utensils, tempura, keyboards

Guest artists:

Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim—vibraphone, solina, snaps, claps, electric guitar, nylon-string guitar, accordion, mandolin, cymbal, optigon, piano, synths, zither, glockenspiel, keyboards, vibraphonette, acoustic guitar, china gongs, echo box, trash can, vocals
Henning Sandsdalien—acoustic guitar, Eko bass, double bass, slide guitar Lena Nymark—flute, additional vocals, mouth rhythms, glockenspiel
Peter Baden—drums, percussion, music box on cymbal, xylophone
Erland Dalen—cymbals, drums, percussion
Bjørn Klakegg—tea strainer guitar, music box, fishing reel guitar, carriage wheel spokes, eggslicer, metal wind-up toy, eggslider, snakebanjo, metalfeather
Yngvil F. Bjellaanes—cello
Jørgen Munkeby—sax, bass clarinet
Liv Hukkelberg—tack piano
Thomas Tofte—electric bass
Lars Herntveth—bass clarinet
Daniel Sandén-Warg—processed keyed fiddle
Obelix—purring
Lonely Hearts Marching Band—bass
Rykestraße 68—city sounds

Produced by:

Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim

Comments:

Rykestrasse 68 takes the fragility of Little Things one step further, emphasizing the Stina Nordenstam aspects of her music even more. There aren't any obviously hook-filled songs here other than "Break My Body" (a Pixies cover), but like Little Things the more I listen to it the more I like it. Despite the large number of odd things she and her band use to add sonic elements to the songs, the songs are not at all cluttered but somehow almost crystalline. Highly recommended for fans of the unusual. (Neile)

Rykestrasse was one of my absolute favorites of the year. (timjy@sbcglobal.net)

It's yummy. (collectedsounds@gmail.com)


Blood From A Stone

Release info:

2009—Propeller Recordings (Nettwerk Recordings)&mdashNETTWER 06706 30846 2 8

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Hanne Hukkelberg—vocals, backing vocals, tremolo guitar, solo guitar, rhythm guitar, synth, skaland rocks, celesta pedal percussion, clogs, vaseline box, kitchen percussion, handclaps, bicycle spokes, tambourine, bass, church organ. toms, metal box snare, non stop canddy percussion, grand piano, table percussion, soprano recorder, perpared grand piano, drums, heart drum, q chord, vibrafonette, glockenspiel, whistling, piano pedal snare

Guest artists:

Kåre Chr. Vestrheim—rhythm guitars, acoustic guitars, choir, synth, grand piano, bicycle wheel, synths, zither, q chord, guitar synth, whistlingbacking vocals
Henning Sandsdalen—bass rhythm & solo basses (6, 8)
Iva Grydelandr—rhythm guitars (2); solo guitar (6, 7, 9); lead guitar (7, 10); guitars (8); fx gtuiar (9)
Martin Langlie—kitchen percussion (2); metal percussion (3)
Egil Hegerberg and Aslag Guttormsgaard (Hurra Torpedo)—oven & freezer-drums (2); oven & freezer percussion (5, 6, 8, 9)
Lena Nymark—flute (3); bass clarinet (5, 7, 8)
Bent Sæther—bass (3)
Mark Owett—cello (3)
Erland Dalen—log drum (4), sandviken saw (4, 10)

Produced by:

Kåre Chr. Vestrheim

Comments:

Honorable mention for the best of the year. (gordoja@optonline.net)

Blood From A Stone is a mix of Little Things and Rykestrasse 68 in that it has some of the stronger, more melodic songs of Little Things as well as the looser compositions of Rykestrasse 68. (Neile)


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