On her debut full length album, on Danish label Music For Dreams, Swedish artist Sara Hausenkamp lets her dreams of space travel come to full fruition. With a steady hand on her guitar, she steers us through the desert at night, through the cosmic noises of space, and finally to the distant planet 55 Cancri e.
Ranging from melancholic to hopeful, the music of 55 Cancri e is perhaps an expression of Hausenkamps longing for a better home planet, and for the possibility of escape. In creating these kinds of science fiction lullabies, she is preparing us for both the beauty and the sadness of a looming future. Watch here
Using her voice mainly to hum or whistle along, she does however break the silence on a few tracks to sing in her native tongue. On “Rävjakt” she imagines a turning of the tables, where the fox hunters are chased out of the forest by the animals. “Alltid Du” is a tender and straightforward love song that has become the centre of her recent live performances. And on “55 Cancri e I (We Ran Away)” she switches over to English for the first time, where we find her in a slightly different voice.
Often working with variations of recurring musical themes, Hausenkamp allows for subtle changes over a number of tracks to create a linear progression that unfolds as a whole in a hypnotic brew of folk-inspired pop. Saturating it all in a glistening atmosphere of both electronic and acoustic sounds as well as samples and field recordings, this album comes as a natural format for Hausenkamp to exlore her ideas.