Posts Tagged ‘Ambient’

Jenny Hval is a an ambient/electro-indie/art rock singer-songwriter and novelist from Oslo. In the late 1990s, she was in a goth-metal band, but since then, she’s been making music that people often compare to the likes of Laurie Anderson and Björk. She released two albums under the name Rocettothesky, and has released two under her own given name. Next week, her third album “Apocalypse, Girl” comes out on Sacred Bones Records.

I didn’t know too much about Jenny Hval Anyway, the point is that Jenny Hval is often compared to Björk, so I kinda feared that it was the “weird Björk” that people compared her to. The Medulla Björk.  When I listened to a couple of the new Jenny Hval songs I was immediately smitten with her voice . Sure, this is some stuff that most people would consider “weird”, but I like it. If this is like Björk, this is like the late-90s Björk. Like Vespertine,

While I haven’t tracked down any of the older stuff, I’ve heard the new album, and I really like it. There’s some harsh moments though. The album is strewn with some pretty graphic references to male and female genitalia, and to sex. It’s actually fairly erotic. It’s not an album that you can listen to with your grandmother. It is, though, an album that rewards the listener for patience and thorough listening. Here’s one of my favorites:

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This song has some elements that remind me of Broadcast,  Oviously I’m not saying that Jenny Hval sings like the late Trish Keenan or like Björk. The synths and the drums sound like Broadcast. The overall “feel” of the song is kinda Björk-esque. Sexy and mysterious and weird. In the best kind of way.

“Apocalypse, girl” comes out next week. You can pre-order it via bandcamp here. You can also buy physical versions of the album, or bundle an LP with a t-shirt at the label’s web shop. If you’re looking at that t-shirt wondering what “soft dick rock” means, it’s a reference to a line in the first song from the album. That first song “Kingsize” is itself a reference to a collection of poems by Danish poet Mette Moestrup. The first line of the song is a line from one of Moestrup’s poems.

Hval’s latest novel is called Perlebryggeriet, (which means “Pearl brewery”) and it hasn’t been translated from Norwegian. So if you’re fluent in Norwegian, you should buy her book . They say it’s set in a “fictional town somewhere between Glasgow and Melbourne” and that it’s about some kids living together while their house turns itself inside out. I got a big kick out of that “between Glasgow and Melbourne” line. That’s a distance of 17,000 km approx.

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Hailing from London Sophie Jamieson and her band project, this track is taken from the “WHERE” Ep with echoes of Daughter organ and strings with a superb haunting melody and similar atmospherics, A heart aching beautiful song.

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A project of Jessica Cerro from the forthcoming debut EP due later this year titled “Life of Montaigne”,  ambient and orchestral

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Multi instrumentalist Sylva Faye from London 22year old Musician plays almost everything and anything check out the song “CLING”

Nogin from the Icelandic Folk band performs a stunningly chilled and goose bump making track live on Icelandic TV