03 May, 2013

Jenny Hval – “Innocence is Kinky”

Innocence is KinkyIt’s not difficult to find sexuality in the broad landscape of music today, but Jenny Hval’s new record Innocence is Kinky presents it in a uniquely twisted fashion that’s both inviting and somewhat demented. Exploring a myriad of styles that twist soul, garage rock, experimental noise, and pop into a beast all her own, Hval’s new record is an exciting and abstract listen that never ceases to delight.

Inspired partly by Hval’s recent work with sound installations, Innocence is Kinky sometimes seems like a puzzle trying to figure out how to connect various pieces of some massive, gnarly drawing together. Songs that begin as minimal R&B dirges slowly mutate into sprawling collages of ideas, guided by an absolutely gorgeous attention to sound design. With the help of producer John Parish, most well known for his work with PJ Harvey, Hval’s vision feels extravagant yet naked all at once, or to put it different, like the sound of an ambitious artist finally beginning to sound effortless.

Out on Rune Grammofon Records, Jenny Hval’s Innocence Is Kinky is Radio 1190’s pick for May. We would like to thank Twist and Shout for their continued support of the CD of the Month Club. If you’d like to join the club, contact membership@radio1190.org.

 

 

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