Last month, Jenny Hval announced a new record, Blood Bitch, plus a lead single called “Female Vampire.” Now, the singer has released a strange new video to accompany the track. Directed by Jenny Berger Myhre, the clip is shot on an iPhone and stars Hval and her friends, all of whom keep getting their cheeks stuck together via a mystery substance.
Hval explains how the video “nods to the low-budget horror sexploitation films of the late ’70s and early ’80s” in a statement below.
What does eternity feel like? How do you ‘live’ when there is no death? Usually, the vampire is depicted as a lonesome, all-knowing and ancient creature combining violence, aggressive sexuality and deceitful youth. The pack behind the video for ‘Female Vampire’ wanted to explore vampiric eternity in a different narrative: in a group of romancing friends. The vampire friends move through their hometown of Oslo, partaking in public and private rituals of moving together. We also wanted to combine ideas from old vampire trash movies and modern trashy iPhone videos, resulting in an enigmatic world of time-lapse like slow motion where everything is always moving, or moving on. Not there, or not there yet.
Hval also shared a crop of tour dates in support of Blood Bitch, which arrives on September 30 on Sacred Bones.
Jenny Hval tour dates:
July 15 – Chicago, IL @ Constellation w/ Circuit Des Yeux
July 16 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
August 5 – Katowice, Poland @ Off Festival
September 4 – Larmer Tree Gardens, United Kingdom @ End of the Road
September 14 – Oslo, Norway @ Ultima Festival
September 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
September 30 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
October 4 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
October 5 – Montreal, Canada @ Casa del Popolo
October 7 – Toronto, Canada @ The Drake
October 8 – Oberlin, OH @ Oberlin College
October 9 – Washington, DC @ DC9
October 17 – Glasgow, United Kingdom @ Stereo
October 18 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ Soup Kitchen
October 19 – London, United Kingdom @ Oslo
October 21 – Brussels, Belgium @ AB
October 22 – Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
October 24 – Luzern, Switzerland @ Suedpol
October 26 – Berlin, Germany @ Kantine am Berghain
October 27 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ De School
October 28 – Hamburg, Germany @ Kampnagel
October 29 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Jazzhouse
November 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
November 12 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
November 14 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
November 15 – Seattle, WA @ Kremwerk
November 16 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret