Published Apr 11, 2018Norwegian artist Jenny Hval has revealed plans for a new EP titled The Long Sleep. It's due out May 25 through Sacred Bones.
The EP marks the follow-up to Hval's 2016 LP Blood Bitch, and it was recorded with longtime collaborator Håvard Volden and producer Lasse Marhaug. Jazz players Kyrre Laastad, Anja Lauval, Espen Reinertsen and Eivind Lønning also contributed to the record.
In a statement about the new project, Hval said:
What am I doing here? Am I communicating? Am I promoting?
I just want to tell you something.
There should be something I could tell you, there should be something I could do to reach you directly, but there is nothing useful in the way we define "you", or "me". There should be something I could tell you, there should be something I could say directly without lyrics and melody.
Maybe that's what I'm trying here. Something else than lyrics or melody. It's not the words. It's not in the rhythm. It's not in the streaming. It's not in the "message". It's not in the product. It's not in the algorithms. It's not something you decided. It's not something they decided for you.
I want to tell you something. I just want to say: Thank you. I love you.
See the tracklisting for The Long Sleep below, then hit play to hear the first audio offering from the EP, a song called "Spells."
In addition to the new musical release, Hval also has her debut novel on the horizon. Titled Paradise Rot, the book is due out on October 2.
The Long Sleep:
2. The Dreamer Is Everyone In Her Dream
3. The Long Sleep
4. I Want To Tell You Something