Release Date: May 25, 2018
Record label: Sacred Bones
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
The four-track offering is a rather wild journey, in that it refuses to offer anything up easily. Instead, it allows its intricate layers to build up to whatever it is they eventually come to stoke inside of you. The smooth, saxophone tinged intro of "Spells" lays in front of you a gentle and serene scene. Delicate instrumentation wraps around itself, while Hval's vocal takes charge of proofing the album's title with the repetitive refrain of "we will not be awake for long".
2016 marked the year that Norwegian artist Jenny Hval's talents truly came to a glorious fruition with the scarlet reflections of Blood Bitch. That bold yet beautiful work delved into the uncomfortable taboo of menstruation, and capitalism's vampiric thirst and its effect on the artist; on first listen The Long Sleep EP is a much gentler prospect. Lead single "Spells" opens with a fluttering piano line and smoky reeds, before developing into one of the most melodically accessible tracks Hval has recorded.
While listening to these two releases (and to some extent, with the wisty mist turned down, 2016’s Blood Bitch), one can almost picture Hval, for all her disassociative flair, doing stock, montagey normal things like carefully assessing kindergarten drawings, gliding around the circle of kids, irradiated in shivering warmth. In other words, there is occasionally something mildly mundane and domestic about her strangeness, harrowing as it can be. It’s a curious wrinkle, but the artist’s dominating humor is actually more often intrepid or exultant.