Jenny Hval has announced her new album Blood Bitch, due Sept 30th, via Sacred Bones Records, and shared the first single ‘Female Vampire’.
Alongside news of the full-length record, Hval has listed various European festival slots with the Norwegian artist also set to tour the UK in October this year with shows in London, Glasgow and Manchester.
“Blood Bitch is an investigation of blood,” Hval said. “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,” she added.
“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.”
Jenny Hval live:
4th Jun – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona ES
5th Aug – Off Festival, Katowice PL
1st-5th Sept – End of the Road Festival, UK
14th Sept – Ultima Festival, Oslo NO
17th Oct – Stereo, Glasgow UK
18th Oct – Soup Kitchen, Manchester UK
19th Oct – Oslo, London UK
21st Oct – AB, Brussels BE
22nd Oct – Point Ephemere, Paris FR
24th Oct – Suedpol, Luzern CH
26th Oct – Kantine am Berghain, Berlin DE
27th Oct – De School, Amsterdam NL
28th Oct – Kampnagel, Hamburg De
29th Oct – Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, DK