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Blood from a Stone [Hanne Hukkelberg]

  • 1. Midnight Sun Dream
    2. Blood From a Stone
    3. Bandy Riddles
    4. No Mascara Tears
    5. Seventeen
    6. Salt of the Earth
    7. No One But Yourself
    8. In Here/Out There
    9. Crack
    10. Bygd til By
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CD 308462

  • Credits

    On the surface, Blood from a Stone, Hanne Hukkelberg's third album, may be her most direct work so far, slotting more neatly and readily into a recognizable genre type -- call it dark, shoegazey, post-punk-derived art rock -- than either of her previous albums, and making prominent and comparatively conventional use of electric guitars, without abandoning her distinctive found-object approach to orchestration. Hukkelberg's music has always required repeated and attentive listening for the nuances of its elliptical melodies and intimate sound-worlds to seep through. She's always been an artist who works in shades of gray, and Blood is close to a gunmetal smear, drawing explicit inspiration from the likes of Sonic Youth, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and PJ Harvey, Hukkelberg seems less interested in those artists' visceral urgency than their sonic grittiness. Blood gestures toward post-punk's primal edginess, particularly in its brutalist percussion tactics (freezers and stoves, clogs and rocks, no traditional drum kits), although her remarkable voice is put to notably less expressive use this time around. Still, things start out strong, with the lush, gauzy "Midnight Sun Dream," the swaggering title track, and the driving "Bandy Riddles," which boasts the album's most sprightly melody. From there on it's heavy going, although the songs remain respectable and even potent on a tonal and textural level, with some undeniable moments of beauty and strangeness. ~ K. Ross Hoffman

  • Critic Reviews
    Pitchfork (Website) - "Not quite as loose as her two previous albums, BLOOD FROM THE STONE is much more refined and sophisticated in creating such a curious and imaginatively ambient backdrop for her vocals and lyrics."
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