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Kate Havnevik


Country of origin:

Norway

Type of music generally:

Electronic, alternative pop

Status:

Most recent release, &i (2015)

See also:

Kate Havenik's site

Wikipedia's page for Kate Havnevik

Comparisons:

Imogen Heap, Halou, Dido

Covers/own material:

Own and co-written

General comments:

I love her cd Melankton. It's on constant play at our house. My husband and I find her a little bit of a cross betweenHalou's Wiser cd and Dido's first cd but still with her own sound. (angelsshadow@cox.net)

Imogen Heap, which is not too surprising since she's been collaborating with Guy Sigsworth. (kjetilho@ifi.uio.no)

Recommended first album:

Melankton is her debut

Recordings:

  • Melankton (2006/7)
  • me (ep, 2009)
  • You (2011)
  • Residue (rarieties, remixes, demoes, 2014)
  • &i (2015)

Melankton

Release info:

2007—Continentica Records—B0008378-02

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Kate Havnevik—vocals; piano; string, trumpet, and horn arrangements; string enhancement

Guest artists:

Guy Sigsworth—string and trumpet arrangements, string enhancement, other sounds and instruments
Sean McGhee—string enhancement, programming, string arrangement
Harry Peat—string arrangements, string enhancement
Jamie Muhoberac—keyboards
Carmen Rizzo—keyboards, programming, other instruments
Joel Shearer—guitars
Arve Henriksen—trumpet, trumpet arrangement
Petter Haavik—programming
Eberg—programming (3)
Frøydis Ree Wekre—horn
Stig Værnes—drums
Mads Hauge—programming
María Huld Markan—strings and brass arrangement
Emily White—trombone
John Callaghan—programming
María Huld Markan, Hildur Ársælsdóttir, Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Auður Agla Óladóttir—strings (11)
Andy Page—guitars (13)
Jeremy Parsons—programming (13)
The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra—strings

Produced by:

Guy Sigsworth (1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 13); Carmen Rizzo (2); Kate Havnevik (3, 6, 7, 10 to 12); Gotti Sigurdarson (11, 12); Petter Haavik (12)

Comments:

Wow!
     Her first album came out last year, but I only just heard it. I've got it just playing over and over because I can't seem to get enough. This doesn't happen to me a lot; in thirty years of adult music listening, there are less than ten albums that I've liked this much (the second disk of Aerial, "A Sky of Honey" was the last) and none was a first album. (bowen@mac.com)

I was browsing the new stuff on I-Tunes and came across an album by Kate Havnevik. I'd never heard of her before, but I was so drawn in by her music I downloaded the album instantly. I think if you're a fan of someone like Imogen Heap you'll like her. She seems to have a great range and I love the songs. I got the album about a year ago and it still gets regular rotations. (jonwesleyhuff@gmail.com)

She reminds me of Imogen Heap, then Björk (in part because of the Sigsworth connections to both those artists), but she's more mellow, so then I think Inara George/the bird and the bee, and it's all of the above, and mostly herself. Fabulous debut. (JoAnn Whetsell)


me ep

Release info:

2009—Continentica Records

Availability:

Available by mail order and at shows

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Produced by:

Guy Sigsworth (promo-only bonus tracks produced by Petter Haavik, Eberg Einar Tønsberg, Gisli Kristjanson, Kate Havnevik)

Comments:

Guy Sigsworth, who's worked with Imogen Heap and Björk has produced this ep, and that's a good indicator of what the sound is like. Havnevik's vocals are sweet and sharp throughout. "Show me love" is like Heap's second album in sound, and the vocals are lovely. It's so catchy and dreamy it's hard to keep from singing along. "Think again" is soft and becalmed as Havnevik sings of love in a neat fashion. The ep is rounded off with a nice version of the first song, a lovely "The First time ever I saw your face" and the very seasonal "Winter Wonderland" and "Trollmors Vuggevise". The last of these really brought back some nice memories of childhood for me. It's a pretty perfect ep. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

You

Release info:

2011

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Comments:

Very much what you might expect as a second album after Melankton, in both a good and bad way, but since I really loved Melankton, pretty much all good for me. (bowen@mac.com)

Further info:

Kate Havnevik contributed a version of "Winter Wonderland" to the album The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs (2008).


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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