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The Long Sleep

Jenny Hval

The Long Sleep

Third EP and follow-up to 2016’s Nordic Music Prize-winning album Blood Bitch from Norwegian singer-songwriter and novelist

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  1. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Hval traverses the arenas of life, death and rebirth in an ironically short burst of 23 minutes. Few artists can stretch the mind to such effect
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  2. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This is a record that finds its roots in a declaration of love; as for how you traverse this wondrous journey, well, that's up to you
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  3. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    This nurturing record is no less impactful than her last, and it certainly provides as much food for thought while impressing itself deeply
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  4. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Vast and delicate, cosmic and prosaic, full of reprises and repetitions, this four-track EP is a gorgeous exploration of unknowns
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  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Hval's knack for the conceptual can make her an elusive songwriter, but The Long Sleep offers plenty of immediate charms. Like the disco ball that hangs through the EP's first half, Hval breaks down her ideas and refracts them into something luminous
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  6. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    A loose, ambiguous EP where repetition induces a state of déjà vu
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  7. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Hval displaying a different take on her style, deconstructing certain notions and taking a reflective vantage point towards her music
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  8. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    A voice that bracingly bends into an object instrument, heroically rejecting language and the regimented reigning in of one’s primal vitality as a whole
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  9. 7.0 |   Crack

    A free-spirited flush of melody for mending a broken heart
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  10. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Hval has worked with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra before, and for The Long Sleep she once again teams up with a cast of jazz musicians, as well as regular collaborator Håvard Volden and producer Lasse Marhaug
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  11. 6.0 |   Earbuddy

    A change of pace, for better and worse
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