Bizarre, complicated, sexually explosive, and a little bit terrifying.
She walks a line between spoken word and music to weave a complicated sonic quilt – and her live shows are just as interesting.
She’s also go some AMAZING pipes. Check out her most recent video release below:
A former member of the gothic metal band called Shellyz Raven, Oslo, Norway native Hval set out solo in 2003 with her first EP Cigars in 2006.
She was nominated for a Spellemannprisen award, the Norwegian equivalent of Grammy awards, in the “best newcomer” category off the success of Cigars, and was soon signed to Trust Me Records where she put out two full length records - To Sing You Apple Trees in 2006, and Medea in 2008.
I had the luck to catch Hval open for Perfume Genius in DC earlier this year and I can tell you the only thing weirder than her albums are her stage performance. She switched wigs, ate chain links, masturbated a banana until she crushed it into her mouth, and sang her freaking heart out.
In an interview with The Gaurdian, Hval spoke some about her often shocking lyrics and her full and public embrace of her sexuality when she writes and performs.
Talking via Skype from her home in Oslo, the Norwegian singer, composer and musician describes “these old, powerful male radio bosses” giving her song the green light as “a tiny revolution”, a small victory for freedom of expression that exposes our confused attitude to explicit lyrics. Hval’s words shock precisely because they’re not referring to sex or desire but instead address vulnerability and nurturing, and because they exist in a pop context rather than in the hyper-sexualised world of hip-hop and R&B, where objectification and explicitness have been normalised.
I’m pumped to see her this week when she comes to Strange Matter on Friday. It’s sure to be an amazing show and I hope to see some of you there.