Already the veteran of albums under her own name and her guise of Rockettothesky, as well as being the singer of gothic metal band Shellyz Raven in her younger days, Norwegian singer songwriter is preparing to release her third studio album ‘Apocalypse, Girl’ on June 8th via Sacred Bones.
Ahead of it, she’s released a new single ‘That Battle is Over’, a record that Hval describes herself as being “inspired by a great wish to sing karaoke. These songs are flat like that – they are so direct that there’s no background. Trying to create one makes the song more shallow. Or worse – makes the listener obsolete.”
It begins with this percussion shuffle, and this flitting organ drone that gives is this plaintive quality. Before long though, it’s Hval’s compelling vocal that attracts your attention, as she delivers a critique on the state of equality in her usual literate way. Underneath things remain minimal, shrouded in this murky echo that accentuates the clarity in Jenny Hval’s vocal, and indeed message.
Jenny Hval has also just announced a UK tour over the summer, including a show with Perfume Genius in London on June 10th & a headline show at Café Oto on June 14th.