I’ll start with this:
Apocalypse, girl, Hval’s latest work, is out today,June 9th, on Sacred Bones. Pensive, unpredictable, unsettling, real. Apocalypse, girl leads you places you may never take yourself both sonically and thoughtfully. “Heaven” is my favorite track off the record:
This is her fifth album and the idea sparked from an interview she had with Lass Marhaug which lead to him producing this very record. An incredible team of musicians convened for Apocalypse, girl, including Håvard Volden, Kyrre Laastad, Okkyung Lee, Øystein Moen (Jaga Jazzist/Puma), Rhodri Davis and Thor Harris (Swans).
Sharp harmonies, spoken word and sounds only she could come up with are scattered throughout this work. My favorite aspect of this record is that right when I think I have it figured out, I don’t. She’s constantly surprising me. For my last and final example, “Holy Land” the closing track of the record. It’s a 10 minute piece. Listen without expectations because they will fail you:
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