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Kate Havnevik, ‘Melankton’ (Continentica/ Universal)

Kate Havnevik knows about dark times — she’s from Norway, land of five-second summers, and once sang backup for Britney Spears (no joke). But her debut is a glowing, mostly electronic set more in time with Björk, moving swiftly from gorgeous strings that wail like sirens to Havnevik’s breathy, meditative melisma. Her harmonies sometimes recall the synthetic edge of Imogen Heap (“Sleepless” and “Unlike Me”) but even if her voice has a wintry chill, the lush arrangements provide enough warmth to get you through the night.

Now Hear This: Kate Havnevik – “Unlike Me” STREAMING MP3

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