Just a year or so after the brilliant Indie30 No 2 listed album of 2015, Apocalypse, Girl, Norwegian artist Jenny Hval has announced the release of the follow up, Blood Bitch. After delving into religion, power and gender with Apocalypse, Blood Bitch sees Hval take a thematic storied approach with Blood Bitch being based on characters and images from horror exploitation films of the 1970s. It also marks a reconnection with the goth and metal scene that Hval cut her teeth on and first single, ‘Female Vampire’ definitely has hypnotic drone like elements sifting around its uber subtle black metal like beat. In Hval’s words;
“There is a character in this story that is a vampire Orlando, traveling through time and space. 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.
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.”
Blood Bitch sees release on September 30 through Sacred Bones. UPDATE – Official Video for Female Vampire added July 20.
Jenny Hval (NOR)
From the forthcoming album, ‘Blood Bitch’, Sacred Bones. Out on Sept. 30.
Jenny Hval Official
UPDATE – Official Video