Jenny Hval has released new song called ‘Jupiter’. Her first single for 4AD, the track comes with an accompanying visual directed by Zia Anger, who helmed the video for Hval’s ‘Accident’. Check it out below.
Hval said in a statement about ‘Jupiter’:
When I wrote the music for this song in 2015, it had no lyrics, and I did not understand where it came from. 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.
Hval’s most recent LP under her own name was 2019’s The Practice of Love. Earlier this year, she released a collaborative album with multi-instrumentalist Håvard Volden, Menneskekollektivet.