Jenny Hval’s new record opens with a quote from the Danish poet Mette Moestrup, and continues towards the abyss. Apocalypse, girl is a hallucinatory narrative that exists somewhere between fiction and reality, a post-op fever dream, a colorful timelapse of death and rebirth, close-ups of impossible bodies — all told through the language of transgressive pop music.
When Norwegian noise legend Lasse Marhaug interviewed Jenny Hval for his fanzine in early 2014, they started talking about movies, and the conversation was so interesting that she asked him to produce her next record. It turned out that talking about film was a great jumping off point for album production. Hval’s songs slowly expanded from solo computer loops and vocal edits to contributions from bandmates Håvard Volden and Kyrre Laastad, before finally exploding into collaborations with Øystein Moen (Jaga Jazzist/Puma), Thor Harris (Swans), improv cellist Okkyung Lee and harpist Rhodri Davis. All of these musicians have two things in common: they are fierce players with a great ear for intimacy, and they hear music in the closing of a suitcase as much as in a beautiful melody.
Jenny Hval has developed her own take on intimate sound since the release of her debut album in 2006. Her work, which includes 2013’s Innocence Is Kinky (Rune Grammofon), has gradually incorporated books, sound installations and collaborations with poets and visual artists. For Hval, language is central, always torn between the vulnerable, the explosive and total humiliation.
Jenny Hval’s Apocalypse, girl is out June 9th on Sacred Bones. She will be touring North America throughout March supporting St. Vincent and Perfume Genius.
Apocalypse, girl Tracklisting:
02. Take Care Of Yourself
03. That Battle Is Over
04. White Underground
06. Why This_
07. Some Days
09. Angels and Anaemia
10. Holy Land
Jenny Hval Tour Dates:
Tue. March 3 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall w/ St. Vincent
Wed. March 4 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall w/ St. Vincent
Thu. March 5 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall w/ St. Vincent
Fri. March 6 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom w/ St. Vincent
Sat. March 7 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall w/ St. Vincent
Sun. March 8 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s w/ St. Vincent
Mon. March 16 – Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center w/ Perfume Genius
Tue. March 17 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Perfume Genius
Thu. March 19 – New York, NY @ Stage 48 w/ Perfume Genius
Fri. March 20 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair w/ Perfume Genius
Sat. March 21 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre w/ Perfume Genius
Mon. March 23 – Hamden, CT @ The Outer Space w/ Perfume Genius
Tue. March 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ Perfume Genius
Wed. March 25 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston w/ Perfume Genius
Fri. March 27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Andy Warhol Museum w/ Perfume Genius
Thu. June 4 – Sun. June 7 – Oslo, NO @ Black Box Teater – Apocalypse, girl expanded concerts