Track Of The Day: Jenny Hval – ‘Spells’

Following 2016’s critically acclaimed Blood Bitch, Norwegian multi-disciplinary artist and GIHE fave, Jenny Hval, returns with news of an eagerly awaited new EP, The Long Sleep. Exploring the art of composition, all of the songs on the EP recycle the same compositional motives, but manipulate them into very different shapes that take them further and further out of their original, “life-like” context.

Taken from the EP is new single ‘Spells’. With rich, orchestral layers of sound providing the backdrop to Hval’s sweeping, honey-sweet vocals, it builds to a majestic cinematic anthem, oozing a soaring grandeur that’ll captivate on first listen. Somewhat more melodic and catchy than her previous, more abstract, offerings, ‘Spells’ will indeed cast its spell over you with its obscure, ethereal beauty.

With this latest single, Hval has once again shown herself to be an utterly unique and innovative artist, capable of creating truly spellbinding, epic soundscapes.

Hval recorded The Long Sleep with longtime collaborator Håvard Volden and producer Lasse Marhaug, along with a range of musicians including Kyrre Laastad on percussion, Anja Lauvdal on piano, Espen Reinertsen on saxophone, and Eivind Lønning on trumpet.

The Long Sleep, the upcoming EP from Jenny Hval, is out 25th May via Sacred Bones. And catch Jenny Hval live at St John on Bethnal Green on 5th June. 

Mari Lane

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