Various UK venues
There’s something otherworldly about Jenny Hval. She could be some sort of fairy, assuming that fairies are prone to expressing themselves in startlingly provocative terms and using music to explore gender roles and sexuality with a directness that would fluster anyone over 30.
You might have glimpsed her in one of her recent esoteric-but-riveting music videos, sporting one of her signature wigs. You might know her from her early days when she went under the name Rockettothesky. You might even have caught her on her last UK tour back at the beginning of summer. But regardless of whether you know her work or not, seeing her live is not an opportunity to be missed.
Over the years, she has expanded her soundscapes, engaging in creative collaborations with the likes of Susanna Wallumsrød, Thor Harris and Jaga Jazzist’s Øystein Moen. Now 35, Hval has five albums under her belt, with this year’s release, Apocalypse, Girl hailed as a “stunning vocal performance that makes for an incredibly arresting commentary on the state of the West” (The Skinny). Although music is her main arena of expression, Hval is also known for expressing herself through literature, sound installations, poetry and visual art.
This November presents another chance of seeing the multidisciplinary artist cast her spells, as she embarks on a six-day tour up and down the UK, accompanied by band members Håvard Volden, Zia Anger and Annie Bielski, to sprinkle her utterly unique blend of fairy dust on a new set of audiences.
As Loud & Quiet puts it: “Hval understands the malaise of the modern world and she’s here to guide us through it.” Here’s your chance to take her tour.
Dates and venues:
5 November – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
7 November – Games Room, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
8 November – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
9 November – The Lantern, Bristol
11 November – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London