Jenny Hval – That Battle Is Over

Jenny Hval

Often described as “the Norwegian PJ Harvey”, Jenny Hval has signed to a new label and is readying the release of her new album, Apocalypse, Girl. And here we have the first taste. And, by Jenny’s standards, it’s actually quite accessible singer-songwriter fare – and definitely holds up to the PJ Harvey comparisons. Over a sluggish beat Jenny half talks-half trills some quite bleak lyrics despairing at modern society.┬áIt ends with a screech and a drone and a muttered refrain, and, though we certainly can’t speak for everyone, but it’s compelling listening that makes you hit the repeat button. This won’t be troubling the charts, but it’s an intriguing development and bodes well for the album, coming in June.