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Jenny Hval - The Long Sleep EP

by Jeff Penczak Rating:8 Release Date:2018-05-25
Jenny Hval - The Long Sleep EP
Jenny Hval - The Long Sleep EP

Norwegian experimentalist Hval follows up her 2016 Blood Bitch album with this 4-track EP, centered around the sloth-eyed 11-minute title track. Opener ‘Spells’ is an elegant, ambient floater that’s not unlike The Cranberries’ ’Linger’ – a languid, laid-back, relaxing respite from a hard day’s night at the office. Jazzy accoutrements from Espen Reinertsen’s buzzin’ fly sax work and Hval’s occasional scat vocals keep us on our toes.

Thankfully, ‘The Dreamer Is Everyone In Her Dream’ is not as pretentious as its title; rather it’s a soft-spoken, nearly whispered bed time lullaby with gorgeous accompaniment from pianist Anja Lauvdal, lending a classical air before bursting into a chanting incantation reminding one of the icier pronouncements of a Bjork or Kate Bush.

The lengthy title track infuses gurgling keyboards and other electronic hums and buzzes with spacy, glacial fly-bys, suggesting an out of body experience, otherworldly travels, or just plain old transcendental meditation (try Nina Hagen’s ‘UFO’ [off Nunsexmonkrock] for similar mood enhancement). This is a case where not a lot happens while the song drifts by, but you’ll sure dig the vibe. A perfect example of the journey being more important than the destination, and perfect for daydreaming, meditating, or navel-gazing.

 

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