This Just In: Apocalypse, girl

New week, new releases, including the heavily anticipated Sacred Bones release of Jenny Hval’s Apocalypse, girl. I’ve been a big fan of Hval’s laconic, conversational/confessional songwriting since hearing Viscera a few years ago. With a voice somewhat reminiscent of Robyn or Sarah Cracknell (St. Etienne) and a meandering, slowcore-like delivery, Hval’s songs draw you in with her penchant for stretching (inter)personal/fantasy-esque lyrics in and around subtle tones and binaural beats. Take a listen to “The Battle Is Over” below and check out this week’s in-stock list below that. -MLE

Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, girl LP
Listen: “That Battle Is Over”
Think big, girl, like a king, think kingsize. Jenny Hval’s new record opens with a quote from the Danish poet Mette Moestrup, and continues towards the abyss. Apocalypse, girl is a hallucinatory narrative that exists somewhere between fiction and reality, a post-op fever dream, a colourful timelapse of death and rebirth, close-ups of impossible bodies — all told through the language of transgressive pop music.

When Norwegian noise legend Lasse Marhaug interviewed Jenny Hval for his fanzine in early 2014, they started talking about movies, and the conversation was so interesting that she asked him to produce her next record. It turned out that talking about film was a great jumping off point for album production. Hval’s songs slowly expanded from solo computer loops and vocal edits to contributions from bandmates Håvard Volden and Kyrre Laastad, before finally exploding into collaborations with Øystein Moen (Jaga Jazzist/Puma), Thor Harris (Swans), improv cellist Okkyung Lee and harpist Rhodri Davis. All of these musicians have two things in common: they are fierce players with a great ear for intimacy, and they hear music in the closing of a suitcase as much as in a beautiful melody.

And so Apocalypse, girl is a very intimate, very visual beast. It dreams of an old science fiction movie where gospel choir girls are punks and run the world with auto-erotic impulses. It’s a gentle hum from a doomsday cult, a soft desire for collective devotion, an ode to the close-up and magnified, unruly desires.

Jenny Hval has developed her own take on intimate sound since the release of her debut album in 2006. Her work, which includes 2013’s critically celebrated Innocence Is Kinky (Rune Grammofon), has gradually incorporated books, sound installations and collaborations with poets and visual artists. For Hval, language is central, always torn between the vulnerable, the explosive and total humiliation.”

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New releases, reissues & restocks, girl…
2Pac – All Eyez On Me 4LP
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (180g) 2LP
Alchemist – Israeli Salad 2LP*
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath LP; Master Of Reality LP; Paranoid LP; Sabotage LP
Bon Iver – Bon Iver LP; For Emma, Forever Ago LP
Boscoe – Boscoe LP*
Can – Future Days LP; Tago Mago 2LP
Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Betty’s Blends Volume Two 2LP*
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – S/T LP
Com Truise – In Decay 3LP
Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses LP
Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not… LP
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 With Ginger Baker – Live! LP
Florence & The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful 2LP
Foxygen – …And Star Power 2LP; We Are The 21st Century LP
Franz Ferdinand – Sparks 2LP
Godspeed You Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven 2LP
Hayden – Hey Love LP*
Institute – Catharsis LP*
Jesus And Mary Chain – Psychocandy LP
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced? LP
Kanye West – 808’s & Heartbreak 2LP+CD
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence LP
LCD Soundsystem – London Sessions 2LP
Lou Reed – Transformer LP
Mark Ronson – Uptown Special LP
Marvin Gaye – I Want You LP; What’s Goin’ On LP
Muse – Drones 2LP, CD
Nas – Illmatic LP
Nick Drake – Pink Moon LP
Prince – Purple Rain LP
Prinzhorn Dance School – Home Economics LP*; Reign 12”
Rick James – Street Songs LP*
Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers LP
Roy Ayers – Coffy OST LP*
Ryan Adams – Live At Carnegie Hall LP*
Serge Gainsbourg – Aux Armes Et Caetera LP*
Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down EP 12”*, CD*
Stellar Om Source – Nite-Glo LP*
Sufjan Stevens – Illinois 2LP; Seven Swans LP
Surfer Blood – 1000 Palms CD
The Grateful Dead – The Best Of 2LP*
The Kinks – Kinda Kinks LP; The Kinks LP
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love LP
Various – Miami Vice OST LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: Forte Label 2LP
Various – Killed By Deathrock Vol. 1 LP
Various – Ultra High Frequencies: The Chicago Party 2LP+DVD
Velvet Underground – S/T LP
Viet Cong – S/T LP
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream 2LP
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP
Yelawolf – Love Story 2LP*

*Indicates new release or new reissue