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Jenny Hval signs to 4AD and releases video for brand new single Jupiter

Jenny Hval
(Image credit: Jenny Berge Myhre)

Norwegian art rocker Jenny Hval has released a video for her brand new seven-minute single Jupiter, which you can watch below. It's the first new solo music Hval has released since 2020's Bonus Material standalone single, which followed Hval's 2019 album The Practice Of Love and also her first new music since she signed with 4AD Records.

“When I wrote the music for this song in 2015, it had no lyrics, and I did not understand where it came from," Hval explains. "It was a strange creature that moved from one genre to the next like a slide show and crashed into a chorus full of cymbals. Six years later ‘Jupiter’ has become a post-apocalyptic road trip. It begins by the art installation Prada Marfa in Texas, but turns into a game of identification and absurd imagery. The song winds its way through a desert-scape where values, genres, representation and relationships are breaking down. It tickles our death drive and throws us into space.” 
 
“In Zia's music video, that journey has become a psychedelic hot-air balloon ride. The video crew is filmed stepping into the balloon, knowing it is dangerous. That's how the precarious workforce, including artists and other freelancers, work: High risk, little security. We all just mean so little. The thinnest needle can puncture our lives.” 

Since The Practice of Love, Hval published the English translation of her third novel, Girls Against God, and released an album under the name Lost Girls with frequent collaborator, Håvard Volden.

Hval has also just announced her first North American tour since 2018. You can see her European and US tour dates below.

Jenny Hval Tour Dates:
Mar 11: NOR Oslo TBC
Mar 17: Nor Bergen Kulturhuset | Bergen
Mar 18: NOR Stavanger Tou Scene
Mar 26: NOR Trondheim Dokkhuset
Apr 5: SWE Stockholm Fasching
Apr 6: DEN Copenhagen Bremen Teater
Apr 7: GER Berline Columbia Theater
Apr 9: BEL Brussels BRDCST Festival
Apr 11: UK London Earth
Apr 13: FRA Paris La Gaîté Lyrique
May 9: USA Boston Arts at the Armory
May 10: USA Brooklyn NY Elsewhere
May 11: USA Philadelphia PA PhilaMOCA
May 13: USA Washington DC Miracle Theatre
May 14: USA Columbus OH Skully’s
May 15: USA Chicago IL Constellation
May 16: USA Chicago IL Constellation
May 17: CAN Toronto ON Lee’s Palace
May 20: USA Seattle WA Neumos
May 21: USA Portland OR Holocene
May 24: USA Okaland CA Starline Social Club
May 25: USA Los Angeles CA Lodge Room
Jun 4: SPA Barcelona Primavera

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.