Jenny Hval Unveils New Single, “Buffy”

Jenny Hval’s new album Classic Objects, released earlier this year on 4AD, “is Hval at her most approachable, with upbeat tunes and consonant sounds, both acoustic and electronic” (The New York Times). Surrounding its release, the album received glowing reviews, which extended through the year to “Best of 2022 (So Far)” praise from PitchforkStereogum, Paste, The AV Club, and more. Today, Hval unveils the enchanting new single, “Buffy.” “Buffy” began with Hval improvising on the synth, and the resulting chords express a hopeful loneliness, woven from a repetitive pattern. “Somehow I improvised some lyrics that referred to Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” says Hval, “probably just because I have watched it many times. I do like the idea that a TV series with many episodes, like Buffy, can be used as a creative and political rehearsal. An episodic form rehearsing overthrowing a dictatorship, a plutocracy, or theocracy?”

Hval continues, “Buffy is not a song about a slayer, a superhero, or feminist icon. If anything, it’s a song about hope, but in an understated and episodic way. Because to me, hope is more hopeful when it is presented in a subtle way.”

Listen to “Buffy” by Jenny Hval

In conjunction, Hval presents a beautiful live video of herself performing two standouts from Classic Objects, “Cemetery of Splendour” and “Classic Objects.” The filmed session, recorded intimately at the Flerbruket studio an hour outside of Oslo, offers a glimpse into the magic of Hval’s uncanny, spellbinding world, merging the unreal with the mundane. Hval’s live video offers a glimpse into what audiences can expect from her current EU/UK tour, which extends through the end of the month.

Watch Jenny Hval Perform “Cemetery of Splendour” and “Classic Objects”
Purchase/Stream Classic Objects
 
Listen/Watch:
“Year of Love” Video
“Jupiter” Video
“Freedom” Video
 
Jenny Hval Tour Dates:
Wed. Nov. 16 – Istanbul, TR @ Babylon
Fri. Nov. 18 – Basel, CH @ Buchbasel (Reading & Conversation)
Sat. Nov. 19 – Basel, CH @ Kaserne
Sun. Nov. 20 – Bern, CH @ Saint Ghetto Festival
Tue. Nov. 22 – Espinho, PT @ Auditório de Espinho
Wed. Nov. 23 – Lisbon, PT @ Culturgest
Thu. Nov. 24 – Braga, PT @ Gnration

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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