Tonal Huldra

FRESH: ‘Goddess’ – Tonal Huldra

Tonal Huldra IS a “Goddess”!

Pop, Electro-Pop

Norwegian born, London based pop sensation Tonal Huldra bursts into 2021 with her fab new single, “Goddess”, the latest offering from her upcoming debut album.

“Goddess” is an uplifting and infuriatingly catchy number which showcases Tonal’s gorgeous vocals againt a simple electro-pop background, allowing her voice to be the star here.

“Goddess” follows on from her debut last year with “Heartstrings” and he preceeding single, “Woman”, all of which will feature on the album. The album, “Home”, takes a deep dive into the different aspects of identity. “Goddess” was co-written with friend Nebula, who broke onto the London Hip-Hop scene in the early 2000s with duo Nazarene & Nebula.

Tapping into personal experiences, the song explores the ways women are treated based on their physical looks, and being visually or audibly loud and unapologetic about it (like Tonal Huldra going to Tesco’s in a ball gown and sneakers or the way Nebula’s contagious laughter carries through any pub!). It’s a serious message in a fun and uplifting package, stating that every woman is a goddess waiting to rise.

Tonal Huldra is actually the stage name of Louise Nornes, who worked as a function singer and vocal coach for several years before deciding to release her own music. Her artist name is based on the nickname ‘Huldra’, which she was given as a kid due to her unruly mane! Huldra is a female forest creature in Norwegian folklore, with long wild hair – the creature also has a cow’s tail, which luckily is not the case for Tonal Huldra.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!