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Worth a look: JENNY HVAL

JennyHval_byKristineJakobsenJenny Hval has in recent years made a name for herself as an artist, musician and writer both in Norway and abroad. When her third record Viscera was released in 2011, WIRE magazine described the record as: “a stunning achievement both conceptually and musically.”

Multidisciplinary and transgressive are words often employed to describe her art, but Jenny Hval’s polyphonic artistry is in fact seamlessly interwoven between musical, literary, visual and performative modes of expression. Despite her young age, she has already infused, carved and modulated an artistic voice that is altogether present, accessible and obscurely complex at the same time.

Viscera was recorded with Hval’s own free rock trio and overflowed with intimate detail and surrealistic bodily imagery. The follow-up Innocence Is Kinky (2013) was produced in Bristol, England by PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, who helped bring out the intimate qualities of her lyrics and sharpened her improvisational tendencies, weaving spellbinding new forms of intelligent, experimental pop with injections from mythology, theory and gender politics. You can also trace her no-holds-barred streams of consciousness and unorthodox subject matter back to earlier heroes such as Einstürzende Neubauten’s Blixa Bargeld (her title puns on their LP “Silence Is Sexy”), Patti Smith, Michael Gira, Nick Cave and Kate Bush.

Jenny Hval studied Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne, and Literature at the University of Oslo. She has previously released two albums under the alias Rockettothesky as well as two books – the novel Perlebryggeriet (The Pearl Brewery) in 2009 and the collage text Inn i ansiktet (Sings with her eyes) in 2012. Alongside this she has, produced collaborative performances and sound installations, as well as contributing to magazines, anthologies and newspapers.

Next week marks the kick-ff of Norwegian artist Jenny Hval‘s debut North American tour.  Jenny is a multidisciplinary and transgressive artist whose music is obscurely complex, present and provocative. Her new album, Innocence Is Kinky (Rune Grammofon) overflows with intimate detail and surrealistic bodily imagery, weaving experimental pop with injections of mythology, theory and gender politics. For this first tour of North America, Jenny (vocals, synth) and band — Håvard Volden (electric guitars, synth, electronics) and Kyrre Laastad (drums, synth) — will put on an arresting performance that will be a perfect accompaniment to Jenny’s confident presentation on record.

In support of this tour, Jenny is sharing her new and very distinct cover of Paul Simon’s “The Cool Cool River.”

STREAM NEW SONG, “THE COOL, COOL RIVER” (PAUL SIMON COVER)

To learn more visit http://jennyhval.com/

Photos Kristine Jakobsen 

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