Hanne Hukkelberg - Featherbrain (2012) / Rating: 4/5
At first listen, Hanne Hukkelberg’s new album sounds a bit like tUnE-yArDs meets Joanna Newsom with a dash of Micachu and the Shapes thrown in. In fact, the first two times I listened to Featherbrain I couldn’t stop comparing it to other people, which was utterly infuriating. If you go deeper, however, the album is really something original- a forceful horizon of melancholic landscapes that chirp and skip with electronic hollowness. Hukkelberg’s vocals, while obviously inciting a whole host of comparison, are truly fearsome and powerfully evokative, with the barnstoming ‘Noah’ showcasing the talent of her range. The second half of the album turns into something of a dark wonderland, with ‘Too Good to be Good’ and ‘The Time and I What We Make’ echoing with a haunting close. Her clear classical training and innovative use of a range of instruments (the thumb piano in ‘The Bigger Me’ earning her a lot of credit in my eyes) demonstrates a virtuoso mastery of music, and ultimately leads me to believe it was in fact Hukkelberg who influenced the whole slew of current compatriots herself.
Buy/Listen - Hanne Hukkelberg - Featherbrain
//post by paige