Photo by Jenny Berger Myhre

Photo by Jenny Berger Myhre

Norwegian experimentalist JENNY HVAL reports back with her new album Blood Bitch. The new full-length arrives on September 30 via Sacred Bones, only 15 months after its predecessor, the highly recommendable Apocalypse, Girl. The crafted musician describes the concept of her new full-length in the following words

Blood Bitch is an investigation of blood. 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.

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.

The first single off the new JENNY HVAL record goes by the name Female Vampire and can be streamed below. We previously also discussed various videos and songs with the artist via NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION‘s ‘Confronting’ feature right here.