JENNY HVAL

Shares new video "Spells" - EP 'The Long Sleep' out today via Sacred Bones Records 

Today sees Norwegian multidisciplinary artist Jenny Hval release her new EP 'The Long Sleep' via Sacred Bones (scroll down for details).  As Hval’s first official release since 2106’s Blood Bitch, “The Long Sleep” EP follows the Lost Girls collaborative EP withHåvard Volden, released this past February, and precedes Hval’s debut novel, Paradise Rot, published by Penguin Random House’s Verso, and out October 2nd. Hval is also set to play a London show on June 5th. 

After presenting “Spells” as a pre-release stream, Hval now reveals the song’s video, directed by Constance Tenvik. As Hval describes it, “A detective like version of Jenny is carrying a mysterious suitcase through various disco infused rooms. At times her doppelganger appears. Soon enough the content of the chased suitcase is revealed to be pastel colored marshmallows. The slumber party is officially open and the sweets are up for grabs. A pillow fight evolves into a carnivalesque parade serving dance moves and crocodiles made out of bread and spinach - and with hard boiled eggs as eyes (recipe found in Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes). On the dance floor Jenny attempts to become a disco ball by draping herself in silver sequins and by pointing with a Maglite on the rotating body. While she is covered in silvery fabrics and spinning, she is not noticing that the party is leaving her.”

JENNY HVAL

Shares new single "Spells"

Announces new EP 'The Long Sleep' due out May 25th via Sacred Bones Records 

Norwegian multidisciplinary artist  Jenny Hval  returns with a new EP, “The Long Sleep,”  set for release May 25th viaSacred Bones . The first single from the EP  "Spells" is streaming online now. “The Long Sleep” EP is the first Jenny Hval release since 2016’s acclaimed full-length, Blood Bitch.  It follows the Lost Girls collaborative EP, released this past February, and precedes Hval’s debut novel, Paradise Rot, published by Penguin Random House’s Verso , and out October 2nd.

 

The Long Sleep sees Hval embracing an instinctive, even subconscious, approach to creating meaning. In contrast to Hval’s more explicitly conceptual work, The Long Sleep foregrounds the act of composition itself, letting the melodies and structures reveal the other elements of the songs. All of the songs on the EP recycle the same compositional motives, but manipulate them into very different shapes that take them further and further out of their original, "life-like" context.

 

Hval recorded The Long Sleep with longtime collaborator Håvard Volden and producer Lasse Marhaug, along with an ace new supporting cast of talented players from the jazz world — Kyrre Laastad on percussion, Anja Lauvdal on piano, Espen Reinertsen on saxophone, and Eivind Lønning on trumpet. 

"What am I doing here? Am I communicating? Am I promoting?

I just want to tell you something.

There should be something I could tell you, there should be something I could do to reach you directly, but there is nothing useful in the way we define “you”, or “me”. There should be something I could tell you, there should be something I could say directly without lyrics and melody. 

Maybe that’s what I’m trying here. Something else than lyrics or melody. It’s not the words. It’s not in the rhythm. It’s not in the streaming. It’s not in the “message”. It’s not in the product. It’s not in the algorithms. It’s not something you decided. It’s not something they decided for you.

I want to tell you something. I just want to say: Thank you. I love you."

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