Jenny Hval has shared a new song, ‘Freedom’, which will appear on her new album Classic Objects. The LP is out this Friday (March 11), and it includes previous singles ‘Jupiter’ and ‘Year of Love’. ‘Freedom’ arrives with an accompanying video, which you can check out below.
Talking about the song, Hval said in a press release:
I don’t know what freedom is. This song doesn’t either. The lyrics are bombastic and silly, as if written by a political folk song generator. Nonetheless the song was needed on my record – I needed something short and sweet after a series of long, layered reflections.
I imagine it being sung in a courtroom or in parliament when the debate gets too heated and everyone needs a break. In this imagined moment, everyone is singing in unison.
This is the only way I can describe Freedom – as a kind of performative moment that breaks up the structure, language and ambivalence of the rest of the record. On its own, it seems weirdly clear and pure. I can’t really defend it. Or perhaps it is myself I can’t defend. The song is necessary. It just reminds me of the fact that I am not.