SINGLE REVIEW: Jenny Hval – ‘Conceptual Romance’

Jenny Hval Blood Bitch Conceptual Romance

Jenny Hval’s music has a trick of reverberating around your mind long after a song concludes. Her latest single, ‘Conceptual Romance’, is a perfect example of this technique. The track is taken from her latest album, Blood Bitch, slated for release on 30th September.

A hum of energy powers the four and a half minute ‘Conceptual Romance’. Hval’s vocals are something of a wonder. Half the time her voice comes across as a desperate plea over airwaves from somewhere far out of our atmosphere, and at other points they blend into the music sublimely, so much so it’s hard to believe that one could exist without the other. She sounds almost detached from the lyrics; the line “my heartbreak is too sentimental for you” sounds matter of fact, not distraught. At times the track is almost haunting.

Hval describes her forthcoming album as “an investigation of blood”. She said it is about: “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.”

She added: “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.”

Both in music and ideas, Jenny Hval is powerful. It’s fair to say that Blood Bitch looks to be a very intense album.

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