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Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch album review

Album Review

Awkward politico-art from acclaimed Osloite Jenny Hval

Norwegian avant-garde art-pop whisperer Hval makes you listen intently here. Her fourth solo album is the sonic equivalent of an abstract mood movie, eschewing melody or rhythm to rely on mantras, drones and disturbing effects. Its themes, too, are hardly fodder for dinner-party easy listening, as her focus on gender politics guides her to analyse menstruation and its links with vampire mythology. Using imagery from 70s horror/exploitation films to make sociopolitical statements, it also touches on such uneasy bedfellows as medication and erotica.

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