With just weeks until the drop of her new album, ‘The Practice of Love,’ multidisciplinary artist Jenny Hval released “High Alice,” a new single that follows the hot release of “Ashes to Ashes,” another song off Hval’s upcoming album.
“High Alice” is aptly titled, leading listeners down a rabbit hole into the subconscious; a rather echoey and winding journey propelled by heavy synth and repetitive beats. It’s a tune to get lost in, slowly at first then suddenly and quickly. Like tides of the ocean, the song rolls back and forth in familiar and time-beating waves of sound.
“For a while, this song felt like my entire album. I had no idea what the rest of it would be, just a feeling like this song and the title, the two words ‘High Alice,’ would get me there,” says Hval. “My guiding stars at the time were Clarice Lispector’s The Hour of the Star and Kylie Minogue’s ‘Confide In Me.’ Maybe High Alice is the narrator of this album. I don’t know how I wrote it, it was automatic. But I found it really funny that I mentioned the sea three times. High Alice goes to all the places I have taught myself to avoid, like the four Big Themes: Love, death, life, the ocean. The ocean. The ocean.”
“Ashes to Ashes” is equally as dreamy, with an electronic heartbeat that speaks to the wanderlust soul. Its revelations are subtle but substantial, building slowly, yet without much warning, it washes over you and sweeps you away.
Jenny Hval’s new album ‘The Practice of Love’ is out Sept. 13 and features collaborations with Vivian Wang, Laura Jean Englert and Félicia Atkinson. Unlike her last album release, which painted a darker aesthetic, this piece of work is an imaginative depiction of truth and reality and the landscapes that happen when dreams meet us in the presence. To listen to more of Hval’s music, visit her website and follow her on Instagram.
More From Jenny Hval:
Jenny Hval — The Practice of Love Performances:
Fri. Sept. 20 – Sat. Sept. 21 – Oslo, NO @ Ultima Festival
Sun. Sept. 29 – London, UK @ Milton Court
Wed. Oct. 16 – Frankfurt, DE @ Mousonturm
Wed. Oct. 30 – Paris, FR @ Centre Pompidou
Sat. Nov. 9 – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who? Festival
Sat. Nov. 23 – Katowice, PL @ Ars Cameralis Festival