“That Battle Is Over” is the incisive experimentalist Jenny Hval’s sad, beautiful song about captialism’s total and ultimate triumph over all of us. Its new video, from director Zia Anger, definitely feels like an elegy for something. The video floats by in a dreamlike trance, with Hval and a series of other women (including former Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur, playing out scenes of traditionally-understood femininity. But all of them push those scenes far enough that it starts to feel like insanity taking hold. Below, watch the video and read a statement from Anger.
I guess it goes back to ’96 for me, and the ‘girl power’ mantra I’ve been repeating since I learned it from the Spice Girls. The female experience is far from singular (and even further from this white, suburban, American-retro dream), yet around every corner there is a common pain, a wisdom of ecstasy, and an obsession with the uncanny that we all share. Collaborating with an entirely female creative team (with the support of a few great gentlemen) gave birth to an exploration of Jenny’s song and an inquiry into the sarcasm that pulses through it.
Hval’s album Apocalypse, girl is out 6/9 on Sacred Bones.