Today we feature yet another dynamic talent from Scandinavia. Hanne Kolstø hails from Kristiansand near Oslo.
The one thing I'm slightly bummed about is that very little of this talent existed in Norway when I lived there in the early eighties. Norwegian music at the time was either the classics or the very strange olden time folk music.
Most of the pop / rock music in the Norsk charts in those days was from the UK and the USA.
So all of these beautifully talented young ladies from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland are certainly a bright spot on the current music scene.
Hanne Kolstø is one of Norway's most exciting singers and songwriters. With an unique voice and intuitive sense of melodies she lures you into her world of intelligent lyrics and flourishing creativity. Always willing to experiment, she mixes all possible genres – one moment she wispers softly in your ear, the next she howls with despair.
Hanne is a hyper-active artist and songwriter, with six albums in the last four years. Her projects range from the epic 90's flirting of Love:Fi to the mystical trip-hop-ensenmble Thelma & Clyde.Keep an eye out for Hanne's first album, Riot Break, and also be on the lookout for a new release later this year.
Riot Break From the album "Riot Break" - Karmakosmetix Music 2011
Video by Terje Dragseth
The City First single from the album "Riot Break".
Shot in the streets of Kristiansand June 2011.
Directed by Fred Arne Wergeland.
This next video was made for a school project, some promising video artists also in Norway.
What The Wind Can't Carry Music video for artist Hanne Kolstø that we made for a school project.
Written and directed by: Ida Gøytil
Co-director, lights and camera: Sander Cornelius Moy
Lights and camera assistant: Kim Kvaase
Costume and set design: Marie Herseth Editing: Ida Gøytil & Sander Cornelius Moy
Special thanks to: Filmverkstedet, Samsen
Finally today, get a feel for a live performance by Hanne, this at The Paper Box in New York on May 12, 2012
Thanks to Todd for the introduction.