Jenny Hval has in recent years made a name for herself as a recording artist and writer both in her native Norway and abroad. 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. Her artistic voice is altogether present, accessible and obscurely complex at the same time.
Hval released her first two albums under the alias Rockettothesky (an alias named after her very first recorded song in 1999, and slayed with the greatest pleasure in 2010). She has since recorded three albums under her own name: Viscera, Innocence Is Kinky, and Apocalypse, girl (Sacred Bones Records / Su Tissue, 2015). She made her debut as a writer with the novel Perlebryggeriet in 2009. The less genre friendly Inn i ansiktet followed in 2012. She has worked on a number of collaborations, sound pieces, compositions, productions and performances.
She is currently preparing for the release of her bold, new vampire blood solo album Blood Bitch, co-produced by noise artist Lasse Marhaug and herself.
“Blood Bitch confirms her singular methodology is now at its most surgically precise and bold. In realising her uncontainable ambitions, one might even suggest it represents Hval’s coming of age.” – 8/10 Uncut
The Norwegian avant-gardist’s most atmospheric and filmic album draws on several traditions: vampire movies, the cross-hairs of art and pop, and the lineage of artwork made of menstrual blood. – Pitchfork 8.3 (best new music)