Mid-May sees Jenny Hval heading out on a US mini-tour followed by a string of UK live dates, joining forces with no other than legends The Swans and Mark McGuire.
Hval is a multidisciplinary and transgressive artist whose music is obscurely complex, present and provocative. Her latest album, ‘Innocence Is Kinky’ (Rune Grammofon) overflows with intimate detail and surrealistic bodily imagery, weaving experimental pop with injections of mythology, theory and gender politics. Jenny (vocals, synth) and her band – Håvard Volden (electric guitars, synth, electronics) and Kyrre Laastad (drums, synth) – have proven to put on an arresting performance that will be a perfect accompaniment to Jenny’s confident presentation on record.
“a fearless performer and artist, who knows no boundaries and is incapable of compromising.” The Milkfactory
Under the moniker Rockettothesky Hval has released albums ‘To Sing You Apple Trees’ (2006) and ‘Medea’ (2008) on Trust Me Records. Hval since joined the ranks of the Rune Grammofon label and switched to releasing albums under her own name, starting with 2011’s ‘Viscera’. Her latest outing is 2013’s ‘Innocence is Kinky’ (Rune Grammofon). In-between the two critically acclaimed albums came the ‘Nude on Sand’ album with Håvard Volden released on noted impro-label SOFA. Hval is frequently published as a novelist, essayist and freelance writer, and is also a sought after curator.
Hval’s fourth album, ‘Innocence Is Kinky’, was recorded at Toybox Studios, Bristol, with producer John Parish, lauded for his work with PJ Harvey, Giant Sand and Sparklehorse.
Wrote The Quietus in its review of ‘Innocence is Kinky’: ‘Hval has created a work that tears down our neatly demarcated distinctions – between good and bad, pleasure and horror, innocence and kink. ‘Innocence Is Kinky’ is a remarkable album, one which delves beneath the surface and returns with something both seductive and strange.’