Electronica artist Hanne Hukkelberg sows passages with soft
ambient tones relatable to Hem fused with the punk-inspired
romanticism of Paramore in her music for Blood From A Stone
released via Nettwerk Records. The aquatic swishing in her music displays
a lacquered finish, and the crisp club beats made by the drum machine
infuse a techno-pop strobe through the tracks. She curbs the embellishments
and exerts linear streaks to ornament her songs with minimal distractions.
The music slants towards the easy listening side of the pop spectrum
and spends a majority of its output recycling its ambient swishing.
Hukkelberg does fire up the synth furnaces in the title track and
"Seventeen" which give the album a shot of adrenaline with
feverish lashes and whipping reflexes. Her vocals are sweet sounding
but lack luster, leaving the synths to add sparks and flakes of glitter
to the tracks. The electro-pop flutters of "In Here/Out There"
induce a dream-pop trance, but it's the soft-pop pellets of the airy
synths that Hukkelberg shows a special sentimentality for and dresses
her music up in like it's the only style worth showcasing. Even with
the glittery nuances that ornament "Crack" and the resounding
bell chimes of "No One But Yourself," the music feels wishy-washy
and milksoppy. Hukkelberg's penchant towards soft-pop musings dominates
the album, even through the cavernous channels and wintry atmospherics
of "Bygd Til By." Her lyrics are observations about private
experiences like in "Crack" as she theorizes, "Put
fear inside a dense box / It will grow, later explode / Shame, anger,
guilt put behind bars / They will grow / Later they crack." The
symbolism in her words reflects the act of pressing a rose between
the pages of her diary, to make a point of remembering them for all
Singer, songwriter and electronica artist Hanne Hukkelberg shows
the soft-pop tendencies of Imogen Heap using processed beats
and spongy atmospherics to line almost every track. The music moves
in a linear path for the most part, and draws out dreamy sways and
a palpable sentimentality. Hukkelberg's music makes audiences feel
like they are intruding on a private discussion that she is having
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