Ahead of the release of her new album, Blood Bitch, Norwegian artist Jenny Hval drops new track ‘Conceptual Romance’. It’s the second single to be released from her upcoming sixth album (or third, depending on what name she’s performing under), due for release on September 30th via Sacred Bones.
Atmospheric, gothic and anything but traditional, ‘Conceptual Romance’ is yet another insight into the Blood Bitch narrative, after the equally stunning first single ‘Female Vampire’. Listen in, below.
Recognised for her fascinating voice, singular delivery and non-traditional aural and visual arrangements, Jenny Hval eloquently brings to light issues of both male and female gaze through her distinct take on intimate sound.
Talking about the album’s concept, Hval says;
“Blood Bitch is an investigation of blood. Blood that is shed naturally. The white and red toilet roll chain which ties together the virgins, the whores, the mothers, the witches, the dreamers, and the lovers. Blood Bitch is also a fictitious story, fed by characters and images from horror and exploitation films of the ’70s. With that language, rather than smart, modern social commentary, I found I could tell a different story about myself and my own time: a poetic diary of modern transience and transcendence.”
She also explains a bit about the album’s influences;
“This is my most fictional and most personal album. It’s also the first album where I’ve started reconnecting with the goth and metal scene I started out playing in many years ago, by remembering the drony qualities of Norwegian Black Metal. It’s an album of vampires, lunar cycles, sticky choruses, and the smell of warm leaves and winter.”
Blood Bitch is out on September 30th, and you can catch Jenny live at the End of the Road Festival in September and throughout the U.K and Europe in October (see dates, below).
Jenny Hval European Tour 2016
04/09 – Larmer Tree Gardens, UK @ End of the Road Festival
17/10- Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
18/10 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
19/10 – London, UK @ Oslo
21/10 – Brussels, BE @ AB
22/10 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
24/10 – Luzern, CH @ Suedpol
26/10 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
27/10 – Amsterdam, NL @ De School
28/10 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel
29/10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Jazzhouse