ALBUM REVIEW: Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, girl | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Sacred Bones

Released: 8.6.15

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Apocalypse, girl is a fever dream reading of a woman’s diary, hallucinatory and fleeting. It’s intimate and anxious and ironic, exploring gender, identity, sexuality, politics and anything else that occurs to Hval along the way. There are laugh out loud moments (“what is soft dick rock?”), moments so personal you feel like an intruder, moments of sheer beauty, moments of dischord and jarring ugliness, moments loaded with sensuality. There are pure pop tracks and more fractured, abstract pieces. There are shades of Laurie Anderson, Jane, Neneh Cherry (especially on highlight That Battle Is Over – “feminism’s over and socialism’s over, I can consume what I want now!”) and – inevitably – Bjork, but this singular and powerful work is ultimately just Jenny Hval.

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