Jenny Hval (NO)

Jenny Hval has in recent years made a name for herself as an artist, musician and writer both in Norway and abroad. Multidisciplinary and transgressive are words often employed to describe her art, but Jenny Hval’s polyphonic artistry is in fact seamlessly interwoven between musical, literary, visual and performative modes of expression. Despite her young age, she has already infused, carved and modulated an artistic voice that is altogether present, accessible and obscurely complex at the same time. When her third record ‘Viscera’ was released in 2011, WIRE magazine described the record as: ‘A stunning achievement both conceptually and musically. The follow-up Innocence Is Kinky (2013) was produced in Bristol, England by PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, who helped bring out the intimate qualities of her lyrics and sharpened her improvisational tendencies, weaving spellbinding new forms of intelligent, experimental pop with injections from mythology, theory and gender politics. Hval’s newest output – Apocalyse, girl (2015) – received overwhelming reviews both in her home country and abroad. So did the theatrical liveshow which followed the release.