Hanne Hukkelberg makes Blood From A Stone

Norwegian Hanne Hukkelberg will unveil her new album, Blood From A Stone, on May 12th via Nettwerk. Blood From The Stone is the third album for the Norwegian artist, and this one is said to be a little heavier. Blood From A Stone includes field recordings of flagpoles, train doors, seagulls, clogs, rocks, kitchen utensils, freezers, stoves and a school desk – with no traditional drum kit to be found. All instruments were tuned by ear; digital tuners were banned from the studio. The album was recorded in Hukkelberg’s regular studio in Oslo, the songs themselves were written during the seven months she spent living in a tiny coastal village on the Norwegian island of Senja, 300 kilometres north of the Polar Circle. This starkly contrasts with a similar period of time spent ensconced in Berlin while writing her previous album. Hukkelberg explains: “In the north of Norway it is way more quiet. It has been interesting to experience composing in both a busy city and in a quiet village. I noticed it affected me in very different ways. I felt a need for composing more quiet songs in the noisy city, and more noisy music in the quiet village.” Blood From A Stone is co-produced by Hukkelberg and her long-term collaborator Kare Vestrheim. Several of her regular musicians appear on the album, including Henning Sandsdalen, Lena Nymark, Erland Dahlen and Kare Vestrheim, while other contributors are Bent Sæther (of Motorpsycho) Ivar Grydeland (Huntsville), Martin Langlie (Gate, Valkyrien Allstars), Mark Jowett (Nettwerk Cofounder), and the unusual rhythm section Hurra Torpedo (on freezers and stoves). Hukkelberg herself plays bass, guitar, drums, percussion, piano and other things. Hukkelberg plans to tour the new album throughout Europe and UK this spring, landing in North America for a string of dates this June.

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