Hansan is a Swedish / German folk duo with roots in Folk and Jazz. Hansan blends lush haunting vocals with layers of intricate cello arrangements.
Hansan captures the Swedish melancholy like few others. Although all the songs on the debut album “Nattflykt” are self-composed, they make you think of everything from Jazz to old traditional folk songs. Hansan draw inspiration from the raging seas and the Swedish magical forests, but also covers more difficult subjects such as the me-too movement (Hej Då) and immigration (Sjung Min Lilla Näktergal).
To make a whole album varied and exciting with just vocals and cello as the only components, Hansan has experimented with mould-breaking arrangements and chord changes that pick elements from both classical chamber music to jazzy grooves. A fifth string on the cello increases the depth of the soundscape and gives it an extra character of bass, and the different layers convey the feeling of an entire orchestra.
Modern yet traditional, light yet heavy – Hansan makes their own niche in Nordic Folk Music.