Jenny Hval announces new album Blood Bitch and tour; sex organs everywhere soften in anticipation

Jenny Hval announces new album Blood Bitch and tour; sex organs everywhere soften in anticipation
Photo: Jenny Berger Myhre

Oh no! What’s this?! Brand new, sexy, silky, spooky, Norwegian-based fuck-pop sounds are… doing things to my BODY! UGHHH. I can feeeeel myself… reverting… to a horrific Male Stereotype! So much soft-dickness! SHIT, I have a DATE tonight! I’m ruined. Damn you, Jenny Hval!

Damn you for announcing this morning that a BRAND NEW ALBUM is coming September 30 on Sacred Bones. Damn you for calling it Blood Bitch; damn your press release for calling it “a complete 180° from her last album, Apocalypse, girl, in subject matter, execution and production” and your “most focused album” yet; and… damn it, damn you for saying the following awesome stuff about the album in your own statement:

Blood Bitch is an investigation of blood. 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. 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. 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.

What am I supposed to do NOW? About all I can manage is to listen to the album’s first single, “Female Vampire,” over and over again while I click the fuck out of the pre-order button over at Apple and/or Sacred Bones’s store. I’m a mess; I’m a worthless piece of SHIT. And it’s all your fault, Jenny Hval. And I love you for it. <3

Blood Bitch tracklisting:

01. Ritual Awakening
02. Female Vampire
03. In The Red
04. Conceptual Romance
05. Untamed Region
06. The Great Undressing
07. Period Piece
08. The Plague
09. Secret Touch
10. Lorna

Jenny Hval tour dates:

06.03.16 - Duedingen, CH - Kilbi Festival
06.04.16 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound Fest
07.16.16 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
08.05.16 - Katowice, PL - Off Festival
09.01-04.16 - Larmer Tree Gardens, UK - End of the Road
09.14.16 - Oslo, NO - Ultima Festival
09.30.16 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
10.17.16 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
10.18.16 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
10.19.16 - London, UK - Oslo
10.21.16 - Brussels, BE - AB
10.22.16 - Paris, FR - Point Ephemere
10.24.16 - Luzern, CH - Suedpol
10.26.16 - Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain
10.27.16 - Amsterdam, NL - De School
10.28.16 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel
10.29.16 – Copenhagen, DK - Jazzhouse
11.11.16 - Los Angeles, CA - Resident

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