Hanne Hukkelberg embarks down a cyber-social rabbit hole on 'IRL'

Hanne Hukkelberg embarks down a cyber-social rabbit hole on 'IRL'
— "...one of the best writers of electronic pop music the Nordics has produced in the last decade. Her new album is set to be something special." - The Line Of Best Fit

— “tightly orchestrated pop” - Pitchfork

— “finely crafted pop” - The Guardian
Hanne Hukkelberg returns – in relatively short succession – with new single ‘IRL’, signalling a real life renaissance for one of Norway’s most acclaimed, influential and vital artists. Hanne Hukkelberg's 5th album will be out later this year.
Stream ‘IRL’ on SoundCloud here
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‘IRL’ follows Hukkelberg’s first new music in five years, ‘The Whip’ – both chronologically and conceptually – serving a continued study of cyber society and virtual reality. ‘The Whip’ observes the filtered pursuit of perfection, while ‘IRL’ cautions constant connection and the loss of self to cyber: “I’m so social, baby, but I don’t know myself…”

“The lyric is inspired by the parallel reality we live in – the digital reality, internet and social media especially,” Hukkelberg explains. “This has such an impact on my life and I’m often made aware of how addicted I am to this 'beast’. How can something that is not part of our basic nature be so consuming?”

Despite the track’s more simulated sensibilities, Hukkelberg – alongside co-producers Mai Elise Solberg and Kristoffer Bonsaksen – details a much more IRL–approach to production, which includes a selection of field recordings and samples spanning back as far as 2012.

“The owl-ish sound you hear at the beginning is from my son’s animal book (with speakers), which I sampled. There’s also an iPhone recording I made in 2012 of my feet wading through the snow, although I don’t remember where. The synth sound comes from a didgeridoo-esque instrument that I bought at a hippie camp outside Tel Aviv on a spontaneous trip when I was 18.” Not forgetting: “shitty handclaps”“mouth percussion” and an almighty door-slam that closes the track.

‘IRL’ is taken from Hanne Hukkelberg’s fifth studio album – OUT 2017 –which joins a nationally adored and internationally acclaimed back catalogue including ‘Featherbrain’ (2012), ‘Blood From A Stone’ (2009) and Norwegian Grammy Award-winning LP ‘Rykestrasse 68’ (2006). Spanning more than a decade, her career is celebrated by the likes of Pitchfork, BBC, KCRW, The Guardian, MOJO, Uncut, The Quietus, Drowned In Sound, The Line Of Best Fit and Clash.

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Hanne Hukkelberg's new single 'IRL' is out now via Propeller Recordings.