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Jenny Hval announces new album Blood Bitch

By | Published on Friday 27 May 2016

Jenny Hval

Jenny Hval has announced that she will release her new album, ‘Blood Bitch’, on 30 Sep. She’ll also be playing a handful of UK shows this autumn.

“‘Blood Bitch’ is an investigation of blood”, says Hval of the album. “Blood that is shed naturally. The purest and most powerful, yet most trivial, and most terrifying blood: Menstruation. The white and red toilet roll chain which ties together the virgins, the whores, the mothers, the witches, the dreamers, and the lovers”.

She explains further: “‘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”.

“There is a character in this story that is a vampire, Orlando, traveling through time and space”, she adds. “But there is also a story here of a 35 year old artist stuck in a touring loop, and wearing a black wig. She is always up at night, jet lagged, playing late night shows – and by day she is quietly resting over an Arp Odyssey synthesizer while a black van drives her around Europe and America”.

Concluding, she says: “So 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”.

Listen to the album’s first single, ‘Female Vampire’, here:

Tour dates:

17 Oct: Glasgow, Stereo
18 Oct: Manchester, Soup Kitchen
19 Oct: London, Oslo