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Kate Havnevik
Universal Republic Records

How the music supervisors for the last James Bond movie Casino Royale missed placing a song by Kate Havnevik in the movie is a huge mistake on their part. There are many female artists who sing beautifully but Havnevik exceeds every impression you have of spellbinding vocals with a feminine lure. The Norwegian born and UK resident's voice is a breathtaking combination of Enya, Andrea Corrs, and The Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan. Kate Havnevik's voice is majestic and her music is delightful with orchestral tones emitting from the angelic string arrangements and Celtic tinged instrumentation beaming from the harp and percussions.

Her latest US release Melankton is her third album and was recorded in studios around the world including London, Oslo in Norway, Bratislava in Slovakia, Los Angeles in the USA, and Reykjavik in Iceland. Produced by Guy Sigswort (Bjork, Madonna, Frou Frou), the album features the artistry of harpist Rhodri Davies, vibraphonist Orphy Robinson, and bassist John Thorne. Exquisitely beautiful is the only way to describe these songs as Havnevik takes ethereal textures and creates melodic choirs that are classic, timeless, and modern, all at the same time. The music transcends generations and time periods like few artists can achieve.

The celestial violin swirls on the opening track "Unlike Me" ascend vividly as Havnevik's vocals elegantly melt into the melody's movements. The lounge jazz beats of "Travel In Time" are warm and mold graceful pulses along the airy tempo. Havnevik's vocals are strikingly curvaceous on "I Don't Know You", as the horns evolve and move into the melodic choir of violins and vibraphone series. The upbeat horns and synth elements on "You Again" emote a modern pop/dance vibration while the classic lounge jazz components of "Not Fair" surges into billowing laments and silky textures. The gentle rises and ebbing action of "Nowhere Warm" glistens with dazzling harmonies in the piano and violin passages. The music is enchanting filled by alacrity in the soft flowing excursions, gentle vocal lacing, and delicate melodic choirs.

The sobbing violin tones in the intro of "Serpentine" are coveted by warm vocal streams and emerge into flickering chords in the bridge of the melody. The dramatic violin coils on "Kaleidoscope" are lanced by upbeat synth chains embracing the vocal melody and effusing glimmering melodic sequences. The soft melodic ballet of "Sleepless" ramps radiant orchestral crescendos and elevating vocals as "Suckerlove" strums lively violin strokes and springy vocal prancing. The delicate melodic choirs on the final track "Timeless" glide like satin with liquefied tones and incorporeal textures. The songs are melodically hewn with celestial arbors and silky textures. Havnevik's vocals are distinguishable with spellbinding elegance and rich complexion.

Several of Kate Havnevik's songs have been featured on the TV show Grey's Anatomy, including "Kaleidoscope" from Melankton and two tracks not from this album, "SO LO" and "Grace." Havnevik began her musical career as a classical jazz guitarist but when she turned 14, she decided to join an all female punk band and played in clubs throughout Oslo, Norway. Six years ago, she moved to England where she resides today and carved out a niche for herself as a prominent singer and musician. She is presently on a theater tour in the US and Canada opening for Air through the spring and summer of 2007.

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
1. Unlike Me
2. Travel In Time
3. I Don't Know You
4. You Again
5. Not Fair
6. Nowhere Warm
7. Serpentine
8. Kaleidoscope
9. Sleepless
10. Suckerlove
11. Timeless

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