Jenny Hval announces new album, Blood Bitch, shares “Female Vampire” — listen

The follow-up to 2015's Apocalypse, girl arrives in September


Photo by Jenny Berger Myhre

On September 30th, Norwegian singer and composer Jenny Hval returns with a new album called Blood Bitch. The 10-track effort follows last summer’s well-received Apocalypse, girl.

In a lengthy statement, Hval detailed the album’s very specific focus. “Blood Bitch is an investigation of blood,” she 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.”

She continued, noting the LP’s fictional arc, as well as her incorporation of black metal:

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.”

As a preview, Hval has shared a dreamlike track called “Female Vampire”, which can be heard below.

In support of the record, Hval will tour Europe and select cities in the US over the next few months. Find the dates below the artwork and tracklist.

Blood Bitch Artwork:

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Blood Bitch Tracklist:
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 2016 Tour Dates:
06/03 – Duedingen, CH @ Kilbi Festival
06/04 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
07/16 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival
08/05 – Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival
09/01-04 – Larmer Tree Gardens, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/14 – Oslo, NO @ Ultima Festival
09/30 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
10/17 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
10/18 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
10/19 – London, UK @ Oslo
10/21 – Brussels, BE @ AB
10/22 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
10/24 – Luzern, CH @ Suedpol
10/26 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
10/27 – Amsterdam, NL @ De School
10/28 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel
10/29 – Copenhagen, DK @ Jazzhouse
11/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident