Jenny Hval - Viscera

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Any thoughts on the new Jenny Hval (from Rockettothesky) on Rune Grammafon? Just giving it a first listen (on Spotify) and it sounds fantastic. Beautifully recorded songs that mix guitars and drums and subtle ambient electronics to create this gorgeous shimmering luminescence that folks like Bark Psychosis used to deal in - mostly quiet and hushed but not without a certain taut intensity. Vocal delivery makes me think of Laurie Anderson or Meredith Monk, lyrics are um, somewhat intimate. Lots of singing about her fanny afaict, would definitely be interested by people's responses to that.

immer wieder, ralf & günther (NickB), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 10:22 (six years ago) Permalink

Maybe it's just the nordic thing, but it's kind of like Lau Nau, but a little less homespun and a little more pristine.

immer wieder, ralf & günther (NickB), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 10:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Googling tells me she's a member of the Kate Bush forum - figures!

immer wieder, ralf & günther (NickB), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 10:39 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Been dipping in and out of her latest album for a while now. Liking the job that John Parish has done on it, but I think it's a testament to the strength of Hval's sense of self that she doesn't wind up sounding like a PJ Harvey clone at all, even when the music gets a bit bluesy and grungey. Intriguing artist, still haven't really figured her out. Anyone else heard this?

but my heart is full of woah (NickB), Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:48 (four years ago) Permalink

Yes! I've been sort of quietly obsessed with it since it came out, and narrowly missed seeing her live with Kirin Callinan a couple of weeks ago...

CAROUSEL! CAROUSEL! (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:18 (four years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

This record with Susanna Wallumrød is a joy from start to finish

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:53 (three years ago) Permalink

and not to take anything away from either of them, it's another amazing *sounding* recording by Helge Deathprod, makes lightness feel so damn heavy

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:58 (three years ago) Permalink

Have you managed to buy this or is it a review copy? Have had a copy on order for an age.

djh, Monday, 1 September 2014 19:24 (three years ago) Permalink

haven't got a copy but it's on spotify

john wahey (NickB), Tuesday, 2 September 2014 06:13 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Still waiting for my copy to arrive ...

djh, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:56 (three years ago) Permalink

Been digging this record for a minute now (I downloaded, tho)

Your hippie magic has no effect on (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:58 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
two months pass...

Saw her live last night, great fun, fantastic sound. I'm going to have to get her new album. She's coming across as more of a performance artist these days but there's some great songwriting anchoring it all.

Leonard Pine, Saturday, 6 June 2015 21:32 (two years ago) Permalink

seeing her next week, not really too sure what to expect

sonz of a croup da croupier (NickB), Saturday, 6 June 2015 21:56 (two years ago) Permalink

At Black Box, Leonard Pine? I wanted to go but couldn't.

longneck, Saturday, 6 June 2015 22:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Yep! It was good, if I were you I'd try to see her at some later point. I really wasn't sure what to expect but the performance art elements mainly made for a really tightly controlled performance (no inbetween song applause for example) and some entertaining window dressing like video art and bewigged technicians/dancers. The musicians were called pretty much no attention to and were sat with the audience which I've never experienced before either. There were some suppressed giggles at the more out there stuff but I'm 99% sure it was meant to be funny in the first place. But it was really all about the music, which was great - I'd only heard "That Battle Is Over" which wasn't representative at all, probably one of the slowest songs of the night.

She's performing Meshes of Voice with Susanna at the Kongsberg Jazz festival in a couple weeks which I'd love to see but they're on at 2 on a workday :/

Leonard Pine, Sunday, 7 June 2015 07:56 (two years ago) Permalink

I am not familiar with her, but was just checking out Apocalypse, girl from a list of new releases on Spotify, not knowing what to expect. I would not have thought I'd want this sort of thing, especially the spoken word bits, but so far I think it's great. On the first couple tracks it feels like she's taking on everything, shooting irony in all directions.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 9 June 2015 12:56 (two years ago) Permalink

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 12 June 2015 13:35 (two years ago) Permalink

Lyrically, from what I remember (I think I've only listened to the full album twice) the rest of the album being less obvious and heavy-handed, and more full of surprises, than this track. I'm saying this because I can imagine someone being uninterested or even a little turned off by this single, still really liking the album.

The video is pretty gorgeous (while full of the grotesque).

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 12 June 2015 13:47 (two years ago) Permalink

A lot of this lyrically feels very heavy handed indeed but it SOUNDS gorgeous.

Matt DC, Friday, 12 June 2015 13:51 (two years ago) Permalink

The whole album sounds great, true (and imagine if I were listening to it on something legitimate).

This is probably a little more typical of the album than the video track above.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 12 June 2015 14:01 (two years ago) Permalink

As far as lyrics go, the spoken word opener to the album is pretty good and funny, I think.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 12 June 2015 14:04 (two years ago) Permalink

definitely enjoy the lusher tracks towards the end of the record more than the stuff at the start

irl friend of the geir (NickB), Friday, 12 June 2015 15:06 (two years ago) Permalink

god i made some abominable earlier posts on this thread

irl friend of the geir (NickB), Friday, 12 June 2015 15:06 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Innocence is Kinky is retrospectively one of my favorite albums of 2013. I'm slightly surprised it didn't place in ILM's EOY poll.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 12 July 2015 21:22 (two years ago) Permalink

I wasn't into IIK at all, but I really like half of the new record.

Michael F Gill, Monday, 13 July 2015 00:46 (two years ago) Permalink

The P4k interview is good!

“Take Care of Yourself” goes for a delicate intimacy that you can’t really get when everything becomes about sexual success, and this frightening idea that sexuality is not something that leads to something and then climaxes and it’s over; it’s this endless thing that you can never satisfy. You can see it very cynically—just floating on the sea not doing anything, just wallowing. It’s like the Internet: click click click.

She says a lot of inspiring stuff, I'll have to check out the record. Hilarious cover art.

niels, Friday, 17 July 2015 12:25 (two years ago) Permalink

oh yeah also "soft dick rock" is v funny

niels, Friday, 17 July 2015 12:27 (two years ago) Permalink

Love her. "Sabbath" is really excellent.

geoffreyess, Saturday, 18 July 2015 05:41 (two years ago) Permalink

I like how "Sabbath" goes from a metrically/melodically free form stretch that's most about telling a story, to a chorus that anyone writing straightforward song form would be very happy to come up with. There are other cases on this album when loosely structured tracks contain more closed, more melodic and traditionally musical, forms.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 18 July 2015 13:11 (two years ago) Permalink

There's another one of those striking shifts in "Why This." (I keep being reminded of the Psychic TV/White Stains collaboration At Stockhlom, though I would a million times rather listen to Havl. But some of the use of samples (or just sound) and the alternation between unmetered stretches and passages where rhythm comes to the foreground is reminiscent. I'd love to have an instrumental version of At Stockholm, actually.)

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 18 July 2015 13:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Hilarious radio station in-studio performance:

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 18 July 2015 13:45 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

"Hilarious" was going to far.

I am disappointed with the video for "Sabbath." Getting a bit tired of the way she distances herself from the beauty of her own music or from the authentic feelings expressed.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 10 August 2015 17:11 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

'Conceptual Romance' is just a beautiful song

I hear from this arsehole again, he's going in the river (James Morrison), Friday, 26 August 2016 00:58 (one year ago) Permalink

i agree

j. winters (josh), Friday, 26 August 2016 01:06 (one year ago) Permalink


Ross, Friday, 26 August 2016 01:24 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

new album blood bitch streaming on NPR:

j. winters (josh), Thursday, 22 September 2016 16:01 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm absolutely in love with this album. Conceptual Romance, The Great Undressing, and Secret Touch are truly incredible songs, just transcendent pieces of dark, intimate, and introspective pop lyricism that has been largely missing in my music diet of late. Many of the other songs, such as In the Red, on their own are a bit intense in their sonic explorations, but fit very well in the big picture of this record as an "album" which I really enjoy. Can't wait to get a physical copy.

I've only recently gotten into her, but I've just been floored by her voice and sound. Very intensely creative and intimate artist. With blood powers.

octobeard, Friday, 23 September 2016 06:54 (one year ago) Permalink

"Secret Touch" is great. Pop music infused with raw humanity.

Ross, Sunday, 25 September 2016 01:52 (one year ago) Permalink

She's on the cover of the newest Wire

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 25 September 2016 01:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Not up to the standards of Innocence is Kinky or (the more relevant, because aesthetically closer) Apocalypse, girl to me.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 25 September 2016 15:06 (one year ago) Permalink

today truly felt like the first day of fall in chicago -- complete with cold wind -- and this album connected around magic hour time, it'll serve as my halloween 2016 soundtrack

j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 03:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Fancy vinyl version of BB -

neilasimpson, Thursday, 29 September 2016 15:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Seeing her tonight with Moor Mother and Olga Bell! Her last show in Philly (for Apocalypse, Girl at the Boot & Saddle; I forget the openers) was incredible so my expectations are pretty high

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Thursday, 29 September 2016 22:51 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

have always been a bit intrigued with individual songs i have heard - if you had to choose one record is this new one just as good a place to start as any

peanutbuttereverysingleday, Saturday, 15 October 2016 09:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Start with Apocalypse Girl. More consistent and less intensely experimental than Blood Bitch. I feel you'll have a good idea whether or not you'll like her after just taking in the first couple songs off that. However, I feel the new one has the higher peaks and is the more rewarding repeat listen.

Personally, I think they're both much better than Innocence is Kinky. I have yet to hear Viscera.

octobeard, Monday, 17 October 2016 06:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Have her lyrics got any less blunt this time around? That killed the last one stone dead for me even when the music was often excellent.

Matt DC, Monday, 17 October 2016 07:18 (one year ago) Permalink

I can hardly make out most of the lyrics on the new one.

I think Apocalypse, girl is just as "experimental." Blood Bitch just seems very blurry all the way through, and doesn't have the peaks of Apocalypse, girl. Where are the brilliant melodic eruptions on the new one? Blood Bitch is also not as varied in terms of sheer sound. She had a lot of collaborators for Apocalypse, girl, which obviously doesn't inherently make an album better, but in this case the greater sound palate is a huge attraction.

Also kind of getting annoyed with her. An album about vampires and menstruation--Oh Jenny, you're so quirky!

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 17 October 2016 15:14 (one year ago) Permalink

Parts of Apocalypse, girl still remind me in an odd way of Psychic TV w/ White Stains At Stockholm (which I don't especially recommend although maybe I do for at least one listen). The transition at 1:28-1:32 in "Why This?" for instance.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 17 October 2016 15:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Recommend "Apocalypse, girl" as well. Her lyrics are not any less blunt on the new one.

Ross, Monday, 17 October 2016 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

The Psychic TV name checking is enough to get me to listen to this

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 17 October 2016 18:52 (one year ago) Permalink

It really only reminds me of At Stockholm at a couple points, but there are a couple transitions which are similar. I guess some of the use of samples overall is similar as well.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 17 October 2016 19:27 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Conceptual Romance is really something

Karl Malone, Friday, 13 January 2017 07:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Hval can pretty much do no wrong in my book

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Thursday, 19 January 2017 21:01 (one year ago) Permalink

this is basically a Maria Minerva track

boxedjoy, Thursday, 19 January 2017 23:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Maria Minerva's the best - OK with me. It's a lot less fun than Minerva though.

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Friday, 20 January 2017 00:14 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

this new lost girls EP (two tracks, 24 minutes) is very good. anyone else listening to it?

and in my opinionation, the sun is gonna surely shine♪♫ (Karl Malone), Thursday, 8 March 2018 23:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i went to check out a bad andrew wk review, but left listening to a new hval side-project i didn't even know about. it was a good visit to pitchfork

and in my opinionation, the sun is gonna surely shine♪♫ (Karl Malone), Thursday, 8 March 2018 23:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's quite good. I think the A-side was the centerpiece at her concert at Roskilde last summer. Anyone else who have heard it live?

Frederik B, Thursday, 8 March 2018 23:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oh damn there's new hval; tnanks Karl

kolakube (Ross), Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00 (one week ago) Permalink

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