Jenny Hval

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Jenny Hval
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Hval performing in Aarhus, 2012
Background information
Birth nameJenny Hval
Also known asRockettothesky (2006-2008)
Born (1980-07-11) 11 July 1980 (age 39)
Tvedestrand,[1] Norway
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • musician
  • writer
Years active2003–present
Associated acts

Jenny Hval (born 11 July 1980) is a Norwegian singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, and novelist. She has released six solo albums, two under the moniker Rockettothesky, and four under her own name.

In 2015, Hval released her fifth studio album, Apocalypse, girl, to widespread critical acclaim. The following year, she released Blood Bitch, a concept album influenced by vampires, menstruation and 1970s horror films.

Music career[edit]

Until 1999, Hval was the vocalist of a gothic metal band called Shellyz Raven.[2]

She studied at the University of Melbourne, Australia, specializing in creative writing and performance. While studying, she was vocalist in Australian bands iPanic and Folding For Air with Thomas McGowan releasing an EP "Are you afraid of heights?" in 2004.

Moving back to Norway, she released her debut EP Cigars in 2006, and was nominated for a Spellemannprisen (the Norwegian equivalent of Grammy awards) in the "best newcomer" category. Adopting the name Rockettothesky, she was signed to Trust Me Records, releasing two studio albums – To Sing You Apple Trees in 2006, and Medea in 2008.[3]

Following the release of Medea, she went back to using her birth name. Signing on the label Rune Grammofon, she has so far released the albums Viscera (2011)[4] and Innocence Is Kinky (2013). In 2015 she released her third album, Apocalypse, girl on New York City's Sacred Bones Records. Her solo music has been described as avant-garde,[5] art-pop,[6] and "a kind of experimental folk music,"[7] among others terms.

She has also collaborated with Håvard Volden, as Nude on Sand, releasing a self-titled album, Nude on Sand, in 2012, and with Susanna Wallumrød, which resulted in a 2014 album Meshes of Voice (released on the Norwegian SusannaSonata label). She supported St. Vincent on a tour.

In 2016 she released the album Blood Bitch where she collaborates with Lasse Marhaug.[8] The album was awarded the Phonofile Nordic Music Prize in 2017. The judges released a statement calling the album "engrossing, atmospheric, challenging and though provoking." [9]

In 2018 she collaborated with Volden again under the name Lost Girls, to release an EP entitled Feeling.[10]


Jenny Hval published her novel Perlebryggeriet (Pearl Brewery) in 2009, and has also published article works in journals and anthologies, after studying literature and working as a freelance columnist and writer. An English edition, Paradise Rot: A Novel was translated by Marjam Idriss and published by Verso in October 2018.[11]


Studio albums[edit]

As Rockettothesky

Title Album details Peak chart positions
To Sing You Apple Trees
  • Released: October 2, 2006
  • Label: Trust Me Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: October 13, 2008
  • Label: Trust Me Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download

As Jenny Hval

Title Album details Peak chart positions
  • Released: April 26, 2011
  • Label: Rune Grammofon
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Innocence Is Kinky
  • Released: April 19, 2013
  • Label: Rune Grammofon
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Meshes of Voice
(with Susanna Wallumrød)
  • Released: August 15, 2014
  • Label: SusannaSonata
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Apocalypse, girl
In the End His Voice Will Be the Sound of Paper
(with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Kim Myhr)
  • Released: February 26, 2016
  • Label: Hubro
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Blood Bitch
  • Released: September 30, 2016
  • Label: Sacred Bones Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
The Practice of Love
  • Scheduled: September 13, 2019[15]
  • Label: Sacred Bones Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
To be released

With Nude on Sand

Title Album details
Nude on Sand
  • Released: January 6, 2012
  • Label: Sofa
  • Formats: CD, digital download


As Rockettothesky

Title Album details
  • Released: 2006
  • Formats: CD, digital download

With Lost Girls

Title Album details
  • Released: March 2, 2018
  • Formats: LP, digital download

As Jenny Hval

Title Album details
The Long Sleep
  • Released: May 25, 2018
  • Formats: Digital download


  1. ^ Bergan, Jon Vidar (6 January 2017). "Jenny Hval". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  2. ^ "Jenny Hval Website". Retrieved 2014-12-26.
  3. ^ Wallace, Wyndham (2010-01-12). "Jenny And The Jets: The Musical Universe of Rockettothesky". Retrieved 2014-12-26.
  4. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (2013-04-18). "Singer Jenny Hval: 'I'm so cruel'". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  5. ^ Mapes, Jillian (12 June 2015). "Jenny Hval 'Apocalypse, girl' Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  6. ^ Hutchinson, Kate (4 June 2015). "Jenny Hval: Apocalypse, Girl review – provocative, compelling art-pop". the Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  7. ^ Crawford, Anwen (22 June 2015). "Jenny Hval's Experimental, Feminist Folk Music". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  8. ^ Pelly, Jenn (4 October 2016). "Jenny Hval: Blood Bitch Album Review". Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  9. ^ "Jenny Hval Wins 2017 Nordic Music Prize". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  10. ^ Pelly, Jenn (8 March 2018). "Lost Girls: Feeling EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  11. ^ 1980-, Hval, Jenny,. Paradise rot : a novella. Idriss, Marjam, (English-language ed.). London. ISBN 9781786633835. OCLC 1043955944.
  12. ^ "Rockettothesky discography". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  13. ^ "VG List – Top 40 Albums Week 9, 2011". VG-lista. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  14. ^ "Jenny Hval discography". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  15. ^ @jennyhval (July 10, 2019). "New album The Practice of Love will be out September 13th! Single is out today. It's called Ashes To Ashes and is not a cover. I have a lot of things to share with you about this record, but for now, I leave you with this. Love and link 🐉:" (Tweet). Retrieved July 10, 2019 – via Twitter.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Susanna and Ensemble Neon
Recipient of the Open-Class Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by