(c) Hanne Hukkelberg

Norwegian vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Hanne Hukkelberg returns with her sixth album, ‘Birthmark’, which will be released August 16th on her own label, Hukkelberg Music. The album follows her critically acclaimed album “Trust” in 2017, and equally celebrated movie soundtrack “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”, which came out in 2018. Hukkelberg’s distinctive organic sound, with a mix of quirky field recordings, samples and amazing vocals has rewarded her with praise and fans all over the world. On her new album she continues to evolve with this musical approach, with her beautiful vocals placed front and center over instrumentation including household percussion and sampled sounds from everyday life. But on ‘Birthmark’ Hukkelberg goes even more pop than she has before, inspired by a string of collaborations over the last few years with great songwriters and artists such as Emilie Nicolas, Highasakite and Bernhoft, as well as Todd Terje and Brian Ferry. She has also been inspired by revisiting her adolescent love for soul and R’n’B, which also has colored the soundscape on this record. All the songs on ‘Birthmark’ came to be by improvising on her grandmother’s piano, now belonging to Hukkelberg and taking up much room in her studio, but also in her heart and music: – I really loved my grandmother, so writing ‘Birthmark’ with this piano as a base makes it a very emotional album too me, Hukkelberg says.