Sixth studio album from Norwegian experimental singer/songwriter Jenny Hval. A press release declares that Blood Bitch is about menstrual cycles (hence the title?). During a skit at the beginning of "The Great Undressing", a friend asks "What's this album about, Jenny?" "It's about vampires". Elsewhere, Jenny writes: "Blood Bitch is 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." Whatever the manifesto may be, Blood Bitch is an intricate tapestry weaving together electronic drones, post-punk, musique concrete, and artful pop. Co-produced by Norwegian noise specialist and past collaborator Lasse Marhaug, the album is sonically liberated from any baggage attached to “experimental music”, drifting freely between a nordic D.I.Y. ethos and a Nellee Hooper-esque 90’s downtempo-pop sensibility. Jenny’s incredible vocal range calls to mind the best moments of Trish Keenan, Bjork, Fiona Apple and Grimes. Check the deeply infectious and catchy hooks on “Conceptual Romance”, “Period Piece” and “Secret Touch”. Ten tracks altogether, with free digital download, released by Sacred Bones. Recommended.
- digital download included
- music label: Sacred Bones Records 2016
reviewed by peanut dust 03/2017
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