Hafdis Huld - Variations - Feb 8th
Variations is the brand new album from Iceland’s Hafdis Huld.
Released on Feb 8th Lead Tracks include stunning versions of ‘One Moment in Time’ and ‘Take My Breath Away’.
Hafdis Huld’s fifth studio album is a collection of her own versions of songs by other artists.
She and producer Alisdair Wright collaborated on simple arrangements to focus on the lyrics yet as with all things Hafdis, there's a dark and twisted undercurrent waiting to be discovered below the smooth surface. No stranger to changing her look to match the mood of her albums, Hafdis has unveiled a more sophisticated look to match fearless covers of power ballad giants Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, and Whitney Houston. These sit remarkably comfortably alongside eclectic song choices from The Divine Comedy, Loudon Wainwright III, Queen, songwriters’ songwriter Boo Hewerdine and the Walrus of Love himself, Barry White.
Hafdis Huld explains her choices: “Some are songs I grew up with, some are written by my favorite songwriters, others have been important to me at different times in my life. Stories are what interest me and each one of these has a great story to tell. Sometimes a big production can get in the way of what the writer is saying, so I’ve stripped the songs back to their essence. When you’re not distracted by musical fireworks, a surprisingly different message can emerge from the lyrics.”
1. The Bargain Store
2. One Moment in Time
3. I Want to Break Free
4. Songs of Love
5. You’re the First, the Last, My Everything
6. Simply the Best
7. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
8. Here Comes the Rain Again
9. Slow Learner
10.Take My Breath Away
11. What is Love
12. You to Me Are Everything
13. The Swimming Song
Album credits: Produced by Alisdair Wright, Mixed by Addi 800 (Bjork, Blur, Sigur Ros)
Hafdis Huld is Iceland’s premier acoustic pop/folk artist with a worldwide audience in over 60 countries thanks to touring, festivals, international radio support and strong social media.
She has had several solo #1 singles & albums & a #1 on the HypeM remix chart.
Her songs have more than 6 million Spotify streams, are on numerous compilations and have featured on advertising campaigns and TV shows across Europe and Asia.
A former member of Gus Gus, she is a regular guest vocalist for other artists including F C Kahuna and Tricky.
In 2017 she played 4 shows in China to celebrate her first ever album release there.
In 2019 she will be the first ever Icelandic artist to officially showcase at Folk Alliance International, Montreal, Canada.
Bittersweet, slightly bonkers and decidedly swoony – Time Out
Hafdis is brilliant! – Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio
I love her! – Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio
I love her, she’s one of a kind! - Phil Jupitus
Weirdly wonderful – London Evening Standard
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