Norway’s singer/songwriter Hanne Kolstø has an enviable work rate – she’s currently releasing her seventh album since her debut Riot Brake in 2011. In 2016 she switched to Norwegian lyrics.
In times when it seems that Scandinavia has become the new standard in local cuisine, design, television detectives and music, Hanne Kolstø is a manifestation of how a nation of five million can bring forth so many talented musicians.
Kolstø’s pure vocals suit well the varied sophistication of her songs. For her, one grand piano and her voice is enough to send shivers down your spine. Yet she also flirts with electronica, jazz and folk and has a songbook that surpasses many others.
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It’s not gone unnoticed either. The rising popsmith has accrued two Norwegian Grammy nods for her efforts. Her latest album, Fare, us first and foremost a proof of the fact that she manages to transfer her own restlessness into musical excess.
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During the last few years she’s toured in Europe and the US. The Norwegian newpaper Vårt Land wrote: “Kolstø is not following a hit formula, only her heart.” Her last album, Fare, is a beat-based journey, giving every song sufficient breath to stand alone without being monotonous.
7 Years With Norwegian Singer/Songwriter Hanne Kolstø, written by Tor Kjolberg