Norwegian Singer-Songwriter Jenny Hval Comes to Rough Trade NYC

September 4th, 2015

Straight out of Oslo, singer-songwriter Jenny Hval has been making what AllMusic dubbed “thoughtful, uncompromising music” for more than a decade. And it’s safe to say she’s intrigued the Guardian in that time: “Like Björk and FKA Twigs, Norwegian artist Jenny Hval presents a version of female sexuality in which carnal impulses, anxieties and the female/male perspective are often knotted together.” Her first two albums came out under the moniker Rockettothesky, but she attached her name to the three most recent LPs, including this year’s Apocalypse, Girl (stream it below). “Her art rock pushes more boundaries than its low-key jazz and slam-poetry roots might let on,” according to Consequence of Sound. It’s “an understated mesh of free jazz and artful improvisation, guiding us out of the nightmare capitalism has dreamed for us and into sexual liberation and individual rebirth.” Currently working her way down the East Coast, Hval (above, doing “The Battle Is Over” live in studio for WNYC FM) comes to Rough Trade NYC on Sunday night. Seattle singer-songwriter Briana Marela opens the show.