Jenny Hval has just announced the release of her new album, Blood Bitch, via Sacred Bones Records on September 30th.
The Norwegian artist and writer has developed her distinct take on intimate sound since the release of her debut album in 2006, and received widespread international acclaim for her last two solo albums – 2013’s Innocence Is Kinky and 2015’s Apocalypse, girl – which exemplified her fascinating voice, singular delivery and markedly non-traditional arrangements; incorporating elements of poetry, prose writing, performance art, and film.
After touring for a year and earning her second Nordic Prize nomination, Hval went straight back into the studio to continue her work with acumen noise producer Lasse Marhaug, with whom she co-produced Blood Bitch, and first single from the album – ‘Female Vampire’.
“Blood Bitch is an investigation of blood,” tells the artist. “Blood that is shed naturally. The purest and most powerful, yet most trivial, and most terrifying blood: Menstruation. The white and red toilet roll chain which ties together the virgins, the whores, the mothers, the witches, the dreamers, and the lovers.
“Blood Bitch is also a fictitious story, fed by characters and images from horror and exploitation films of the ’70s. With that language, rather than smart, modern social commentary, I found I could tell a different story about myself and my own time: a poetic diary of modern transience and transcendence.
“There is a character in this story that is a vampire Orlando, traveling through time and space. But there is also a story here of a 35-year old artist stuck in a touring loop, and wearing a black wig. She is always up at night, jet lagged, playing late night shows – and by day she is quietly resting over an Arp Odyssey synthesizer while a black van drives her around Europe and America.
“So this is my most fictional and most personal album. It’s also the first album where I’ve started reconnecting with the goth and metal scene I started out playing in many years ago, by remembering the drony qualities of Norwegian Black Metal. It’s an album of vampires, lunar cycles, sticky choruses, and the smell of warm leaves and winter.”
In many respects, this new effort is a complete 180° from her last in subject matter, execution and production. It is her most focused, but the lens is filtered through a gaze which the viewer least expects.
‘Blood Bitch’ is set for release September 30th via Sacred Bones Records.
Upcoming live dates…
03 – Kilbi Festival, Duedingen CH
04 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona ES
16 – Pitchfork Festival, Chicago US
05 – Off Festival, Katowice PL
01-05 – End of the Road Festival, UK
14 – Ultima Festival, Oslo NO
30 – LPR, New York City, NY
17 – Stereo, Glasgow UK
18 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester UK
19 – Oslo, London UK
21 – AB, Brussels BE
22 – Point Ephemere, Paris FR
24 – Suedpol, Luzern CH
26 – Kantine am Berghain, Berlin DE
27 – De School, Amsterdam NL
28 – Kampnagel, Hamburg De
29 – Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, DK
11 – Resident, Los Angeles CA