Hanne Leland drops a beautiful album: “The Art of Growing Up”. Updated with a video interview.

-These songs are my stories and experiences, and I’m so thrilled to share this album with the world.

By Michael Hartmann. September 30, 2022. Updated October 7, 2022.

(Photo: Amanda Nilsson).

This is the long-awaited debut album from Hanne Leland, who has released a long string of strong pop tracks in recent years, racking up a solid 22+ million streams.

On the title track of this 9-track album,  Hanne explores her feelings around growing into a“proper” adult, and how liberating it is to finally feel confident and safe in your own skin.

In the Robyn-inspired cry-dance track Emotions she navigates heartbreak and jealousy, while in It’s Always Been You she expresses her deep love and admiration for her partner.

Photo: Amanda Nilsson.

Even though the album explores a wide variety of emotions, the theme of the album is growing up and gaining a more nuanced view of life and all the ups and downs that come with it.

Related story: Hanne Leland’s new song is hauntingly beautiful.

Hanne notes: I’ve worked on the album for about two years and put my heart and soul into it. I’ve written some of the songs alone, but I have also been fortunate enough to collaborate with some of my favorite songwriters and producers such as Jim Eliot, whom I’ve worked with for a long time”.

Hanne Leland. (Photo: Amanda Nilsson).

With millions of streams, features in renowned publications such as Clash and The Line Of Best Fit, and two UK tours behind her, the Norwegian artist is ready to step into an exciting new era with her debut album The Art of Growing Up.

Updated, October 7:

After publishing this story, I spoke with Hanne Leland in her studio. I’m excited to share parts of our conversation. Here’s the first. Hanne shares about her new album. What inspired her to make it?

Updated, November 8: Hanne Leland: The Complete Interview:

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Michael Hartmann is a Norwegian music blogger based in Oslo. Connect on Facebook and Instagram.