HANNE HUKKELBERG RETURNS TO THE US IN SUPPORT OF BLOOD FROM A STONE
Hanne Hukkelberg is set to touch down in the US for a string of premier show dates. The beloved Norwegian songstress will showcase the unique, tightly orchestrated pop that has made her a Grammy winning artist in her home country and earned her a cult following. Hukkelberg is touring in support of her highly praised third album Blood From A Stone.
Tour Dates As Follows:
September 10 Chicago – The Empty Bottle
September 11 Brooklyn – The Bell House
September 13 Washington – Black Cat
September 14 New York – The Mercury Lounge
September 15 Los Angeles – Spaceland
September 16 Portland – Doug Fir
September 18 Los Angeles – Hotel CafÃ©
Blood From A Stone is the third album for the Norwegian artist best known for her imaginative use of found sounds and eclectic array of instrumentation. While Hukkelberg spent her formative years playing in various metal bands, the singer admits she lingered over other influences for this collection, most notably post punkers like Sonic Youth, Cocteau Twins, Pixies, EinstÃ¼erzende Neubauten and P.J. Harvey. You can also hear a bit of Siouxsie through the glass darkly.
Although it’s immediately apparent that this album rocks more than Hukkelberg’s previous releases (Little Things  and Rykestrasse 68 ), the results are still undeniably idiosyncratic. The bulk of her vocals are first takes, and her lyrics are more direct and less introverted than on previous albums. Musically, the songs continue Hukkelberg’s penchant for combining traditional and unusual instrumentation to form a soundscape. Though a self-described rock album, Blood From A Stone manages to include 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.
“So intricate that it becomes interactive” – Pitchfork
“Hukkelberg points to her most interesting “found sound”: banging a metal stick inside a freezer — a fitting addition considering the singer spent seven months recording the album in a similarly cold and barren place near the Polar Circle.” – VenusZine