Norwegian experimentalist Jenny Hval’s latest album, Blood Bitch, is a haunting, compelling listen. It’s an album centered around blood and menstruation via an amalgam of vampire mythology and horror films from the ’70s; it takes a while to unspool that narrative from the album’s 10 tracks, but even before you get there, it’s apparent that Blood Bitch is Hval at her most refined and daring. As is their nature, early singles “Conceptual Romance,” “Female Vampire,” and “Period Piece” are some of the most accessible entry points on the record, but the rest of it is just as great. Stream the entire thing via NPR below.
Blood Bitch is out 9/30 via Sacred Bones.