Jenny Hval is an Oslo born singer and multi-instrumentalist who brings us a new movement in her nine year career. ‘That Battle Is Over’ is the first release taken from her upcoming LP.
This track features more of a laid back Portishead feel; with slow swaying drum lines, jazzy organs, and subtly sung harmonies. The union of these elements support Hval’s vocals as they adopt a fundamental role, with lamenting low hung out lines, to high-pitched shatteringly sharp delivered sections.
The breakdown section at 1:55 adds yet another interesting aspect to this track as we’re introduced to a possible internal monologue, comparable to a mid-nineties Jarvis Cocker, with Hval reminiscing her life passing.
Although the production and music style is very minimal, there’s a grit behind its polished nails, with such lyrics as “Statistics and newspapers tell me that I am unhappy and dying, that I need man and child to fulfil me”, hypothesizing a social norm formed by mass media defining appropriate behaviour.
If you’re after something out of the ordinary, Jenny Hval is exactly what you want, merging trip-hop elements with an unorthodox vocal approach.
Catch Jenny Hval live:
Wed. June 10 – London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall w/ Perfume Genius
Thu. June 11 – Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
Fri. June 12 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope & The Ruin
Sat. June 13 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Sun. June 14 – London, UK @ Cafe Oto