Jenny Hval – Sabbath

Norwegian art pop musician shares a brilliant song that feels like being in a waking dream.


I'm six or seven, and dreaming that I am a boy…

Sabbath is the second single from 'Apocalypse, girl', Jenny Hval's third album under her birth name. 'Apocalypse, girl' sees the Norwegian art pop musician, performer, and writer create a dreamlike world for her music. And that's not 'dreamlike' in the sense of hazy sounds and textures, but in the literal sense of being in a dream, wandering from one disconnected-yet-somehow-also-interconnected sequence to the next.

"I think I’ve been writing this song since about 1986," says Hval of Sabbath, "Because when I was really young I had a dream that my vagina had braces. For a long time, it was a monologue with a heavy drum loop and I had no idea what it was or why. It was just a galloping urge to say something. And then the chorus appeared. It's like a mother; it just wants you to be happy. I really wanted to create something soft and loving. And I think it’s really catchy. Which is also very mothering, a mother catches you."

Jenny Hval 'Apocalypse, girl' tracklist:

01. Kingsize
02. Take Care Of Yourself
03. That Battle Is Over
04. White Underground
05. Heaven
06. Why This?
07. Some Days
08. Sabbath
09. Angels and Anaemia
10. Holy Land

Jenny Hval live dates:

June 4th-June 7th: Black Box Teater (Apocalypse, girl expanded concerts), Oslo
June 10th: Royal Festival Hall (w/ Perfume Genius), London
June 11th: Gullivers, Manchester
June 12th: The Hope & The Ruin, Brighton
June 13th: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
June 14th: Cafe Oto, London
June 17th: Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam
June 18th: Botanique, Brussels
June 19th: Espace B, Paris
June 20th: Stadtgarten (w/ Circuit de Yeux), Cologne
June 22nd: Kantine am Berghain (w/ Circuit de Yeux), Berlin
June 23rd: Kampnagel (w/ Circuit de Yeux), Hamburg
June 24th: Jazzhouse (w/ Circuit de Yeux), Copenhagen

Sacred Bones release 'Apocalypse, girl' on June 8th 2015 (pre-order).