Jenny Hval — „Classic Objects“ (11 March, 2022)

NORWAY FLAG main                                                                                         Jenny Hval — „Classic Objects“ (11 March, 2022)
⇒  Norská experimentátorka Jenny Hval pokračuje ve svém obratu k jasnosti na klasických objektech s úžasnými výsledky.
⇒  Jenny Hval napsala jako cvičení přímočaré příběhy o životě a zkoumala okleštěný koncept „jen já“. Dříve byla také „jen já“, ve 24 letech, když žila v Austrálii, byla jí diagnostikována celiakie a už nemohla začít svou hudební kariéru tak, jak předpokládala. „Ačkoli bych neřekla, že mám postižení, jen neviditelnou komplikaci, odhalilo mi to nesplnitelné očekávání fyzické zdatnosti od hudebního průmyslu nebo jakéhokoli odvětví spoléhajícího na nejistou pracovní sílu,“ říká Hval. „Odhalilo mi, jak málo se v hudbě cení lidská zkušenost a její rozmanitost, což zase odhalilo, že to ve skutečnosti není příliš udržitelná nebo dokonce relevantní forma vyjádření.“ 
⇒  „Classic Objects“ však o těchto věcech není. Ale když Hval začala psát příběhy, které se nakonec staly touto nahrávkou, pandemickým hitem, a vzpomněla si na tyto konkrétní časy ve svém životě, na tyto fáze pocitu, který byl zcela zbaven hodnoty. Hval vysvětluje: „To mě přimělo psát jednoduché příběhy. Můj problém byl v tom, že (jak jsem zjistila) hudební složka v procesu psaní způsobila sejítí slov z cesty a dokonce jejich skok do absurdna. Myslím, že se to prostě stane ve chvíli, když zní hudba. Koneckonců, píseň nejsou jen slova, má melodii a důvod, proč máme melodie, je vkročit do tmy a skákat z útesů.“
Birth name: Jenny Hval
Born: 11 July 1980, Tvedestrand, Norway
Location: Oslo, Norway
Album release: 11 March, 2022
Record Label: 4AD
Duration:   41:40
Tracks:
01. Year of Love   4:13
02. American Coffee   6:03
03. Classic Objects   4:50
04. Cemetery of Splendour   7:02
05. Year of Sky   5:20
06. Jupiter   7:55
07. Freedom   2:17
08. The Revolution Will Not Be Owned   4:50

Review by Lewis Wade | 08 March, 2022 | Score: ★★★★★ 
⇒  Classic Objects is Jenny Hval’s response to the COVID pandemic. It makes little direct reference, but its simplicity and openness come from a desire to confront what art becomes when the artist is forced to look inward. Many artists choose this as a creative device, but the pandemic made it a necessity.
⇒  The results are breathtaking. Hval’s voice has never sounded better: the upper range on ‘Year of Sky’; the intricate bobbing and weaving through the arrangement on ‘Year of Love’. There are moments of lyrical intrigue, like nurses reciting philosophy on ‘American Coffee’ or the fragmentary musing on ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Owned’, that contrast with diaristic straightforwardness (‘Year of Sky’, ‘Classic Objects’). And the arrangements are thoughtfully constructed, often catchy (American Coffee, Jupiter), sometimes stark (Freedom), but always engaging, with a frequent dose of driving bongos. The softly undulating synths on Year of Sky make a bubbly bed for Hval’s searching voice, turning the mundane into the ethereal.
⇒  There’s no hint of pretension in these explorations, nor is the embrace of melody a sign of commercial pandering (Cemetery of Splendour still manages to sneak in two minutes of crickets). This is untethered, uncluttered music, made with real heart by an artist at her peak.
⇒  https://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/reviews/albums/jenny-hval-classic-objects
Description:
Classic Objects is a map of places; past places, like the old empty Melbourne pubs Hval’s band used to play in, public places Hval missed throughout lockdown, imagined, future places, and impossible places where dreams, hallucinations, death and art can take you.  It is interested in combining heavenly things and plain things. 
Classic Objects is Hval’s version of a pop album.  Every song has a verse and a chorus.  There are interchangeable moments of complexity, interesting melodies throughout, and a feeling of elevation and clarity in the choruses.  Heba Kadry mixed it to sound as though it’s played through “a stereo in a mysterious room.” 
“In 2020, like everyone else, I was just a private person,” says Hval.  “No artists were allowed to perform.  I was reduced to ‘just me.’”  As a result, Hval questioned what “just me” could mean.  Was it the version that never got away from her hometown?  Was it the idea that there is an obvious truth behind a work of art?  Is art nothing but a fancy, difficult construct, and one that is not really necessary?
As an exercise, Hval wrote straight~forward stories about life, investigating the stripped~down “just me” concept.  She had been “just me” before too, when at 24, while living in Australia, she was diagnosed with celiac disease and could no longer begin her music career in the way she had foreseen.  “Although I would not say I have a disability, just an invisible complication, this revealed to me the impossible expectations of physical ableness from the music industry, or any industry relying upon a precarious workforce,” says Hval.  “It revealed to me how little the human experience and its diversity is valued in music, which in turn revealed that it’s not really a very sustainable or even relevant form of expression.”
Classic Objects, however, is not about these things.  But when Hval started writing stories that eventually became this record, the pandemic hit and she remembered these specific times in her life, these phases of feeling completely stripped of value.  Hval elaborates: “This made me want to write simple stories.  My problem was that I found that the music component in the writing process made the words stray from their path and even jump into the absurd.  I think it is just bound to happen when there is music involved.  After all, a song isn’t just words, it has a melody, and the reason we have melodies is to step into the dark and jump off cliffs.”
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Label: https://4ad.com/releases/969?ffm=FFM_9b3f6ed5c27b6773b891b6b4f00eb8a6
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