Wrestling with gender, identity and power in experimental music: Oslo’s evocative conceptualist tells her captivating story.
Jenny Hval has gained international acclaim for her lyricism, sonic experimentalism and singular stage presence. Growing up in what she calls the “Norwegian Bible Belt,” and absorbing what she could grasp of the wider world from her teenage years spent on the internet, Jenny Hval has long been a dreamer of new possibilities. She’s released several solo and collaborative albums and EPs (after playing in bands in her youth), and her sense of self – as a woman, an artist, a fragile yet powerful human being living on a fragile yet powerful Earth – envelops her music. Here she candidly discusses a wide range of topics, from the very beginnings of her musical career and moving to Australia to more overarching themes such as the meaning of being an artist in general, sex/gender, and capitalism. With an openness and sincerity that is rare to hear, Hval explores what it means to be her.