Hanne Hukkelberg to London

 Type:Culture, Concert
 Location:England, London

Norway’s most beguiling young singer / songwriter, Hanne Hukkelberg brings her 6 piece band to the UK this July. 'Little Things' was recently Pop CD of the week in the Sunday Times

12/07/2005 :: Featuring keyboards, saxophone, guitar, bass, drums and a sprinkling of non-instruments like bicycle spokes and glass bottles, Hanne’s live show is amazing.

“crafts an idiosyncratic brew from bottles, piano, fiddle, modern production suss and more… the perfect accompaniment for Hukkelberg’s soothing and emotive voice… quite touching” 4/5 DJ Magazine

“Perfect hangover music” 4/5 Touch

“an otherworldly quality… while the instrumentation is folky, there is a power here that outmanoeuvres any kook or kitsch. Beautiful” 4/5 Recommended iDJ

“an elegant charm that is very much its own… so compelling” The Wire

“amazing… there’s something magical about it” Four Tet

Pop CD of the week
"This Norwegian newcomer seems set to divide opinion as sharply as the harp-playing Joanna Newsom did her own debut last year. No album that lists pots, pans, a plastic bottle, eggs and bicycle spokes among its instruments is going to be straightforward, and, on the surface, Little Things is determinedly eccentric. Hukkelberg's lyrics toy with both the exciting and the stifling aspects of romantic surrender and self-absorbed sollitude. Musically, the songs subvert themselves, one minute an Aja-like West Coast jazz breeze or a syncopated Mitteleurop tango, the next an interwar Hollywood musical or a lap steel-guitar interjection redolent of SpongeBob SquarePants. Vocally, again like Newsom, Hukkelberg pushes and provokes, blurring the line between felicity and ugliness, coaxing high emotion at either extreme. Maybe it should bear a warning sticker - "Listeners of a hidebound disposition should cover their ears now" - but Little Things demands to be heard and cherished for its audacious beauty. DC / Sunday Times


Hanne Hukkelberg at Queen Elizabeth Hall (supporting Nouvelle Vague)

Monday 11th July

Queen Elizabeth Hall
South Bank Centre, London SE1
Doors: 7.45pm
Tickets: £18.50 from 0870 401 8181

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