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.

Make sure you pre-order Jenny Hval’s new album, ‘Apocalypse, girl’, released 9  June 2015 on limited edition vinyl from Sacred Bones, or digital download from iTunes:

 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


Warren Allett

Warren Allett

Warren Allett

A musician/music producer and music reviewer from Peterborough. Graduate of York St. John, studying BA (Hons) Music Production degree.
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