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Often compared to experimental visionaries like Yoko Ono and heralded by big name acts like Sigur Rós and St. Vincent, Jenny Hval is certainly drawing attention with her own brand of no-apologies pop. The musician and multidisciplinary artist draws from everywhere for her subject matter -- from pornography to feminism to horror films -- and the final result is a thoughtfully crafted opus of music that often plays more like poetry than pop.
Jenny Hval is frequently on the road playing shows internationally. Soon, the singer will be headed throughout the United States, with stops in Brooklyn, Atlanta and Hollywood, among many others. Following that run, she will take to Europe. Hval has dates booked for Stockholm, Glasgow, Manchester, London and more.
Jenny Hval is also an accomplished writer, and released a novel called "Perlebryggeriet" (translated in English to "The Pearl Brewery") in 2009. The book tells the story of a foreign student named Jo and her friend Carral in a fictional town "somewhere between Glasgow and Melbourne," as her website states. The novel gradually morphs into song lyrics, culminating in a poetic ending. Besides book-writing, Hval is also published in anthologies and journals, and sometimes works as a columnist.
Oslo, Norway's Jenny Hval wasn't always slinging experimental electropop to abstract, poetic lyrics; rather, until 1999, the singer was a vocalist for a metal band called Shellyz Raven. It wasn't until she attended the University of Melbourne in Australia that she began veering into other styles of music. After recording with several bands in Australia, Hval released her own EP in 2004 called "Are You Afraid Of Heights?" under the stage name Rockettothesky. Since then, Hval has began performing under her own name, releasing five albums as a soloist and engaging in numerous other musical endeavours.
After Jenny Hval finished studying at the University in Melbourne, the musician returned to Norway, and shortly thereafter she released her full debut EP in 2006, "Cigars." It was an instant hit in her home country, garnering her a nomination for the prestigious Spellemannprisen awards in the "Best Newcomer" category. While still performing as Rockettothesky, Hval signed to the Norwegian Trust Me Records and released two records, "To Sing You Apple Trees" in 2006, and "Medea" in 2008, the latter of which reached the #20 position in the music charts in Norway.
Although Jenny Hval was already known in Norway, she did not gain worldwide recognition until signing to a new label, Rune Grammofon, and releasing "Innocence is Kinky" in 2013 under her birth name. It was her fourth studio album (after 2011's "Viscera"), but it was the first to draw significant attention from international listeners. In 2015, after signing to Brooklyn, New York, label Sacred Bones, Hval dropped her newest album, "Apocalypse, girl". For the somewhat provocative album, Hval drew inspiration from topics like pornography and feminism, eventually culling attention from major United States publications like Pitchfork, Vice's Noisey, NPR and Flavorwire.
For previous live shows, Jenny Hval has taken a minimalist approach to her stage presence. The musician has been known to downplay visual graphics, instead opting to showcase the music. She often plays a mix of material from her older albums, but will also try out new music for audiences. Hval is described as quirky on stage, often engaging with friendly banter with her band. Fans with Jenny Hval tickets will be lucky to see one of Europe's rising stars in experimental pop.
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