Jenny Hval's Classic Objects from earlier this year was a glowing synthesis of acoustic and electronic soundscapes which saw the Norwegian artist exploring the unconscious and gaining a new understanding of herself. But Hval is the kind of musician who isn't afraid to broach any subject in a song, whether that's caffeinated beverages or menstrual cycles. Her latest take is on the hit '90s television character Buffy, the teenage vampire slayer played by Sarah Michelle Gellar.
"Somehow, I improvised some lyrics that referred to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, probably just because I have watched it so many times," Hval revealed. "I do like the idea that a TV series with many episodes, like Buffy, can be used as a creative and political rehearsal. An episodic form rehearsing overthrowing a dictatorship, a plutocracy, or theocracy?
"'Buffy' is not a song about a slayer, a superhero, or feminist icon," she noted. "If anything, it’s a song about hope, but in an understated and episodic way. Because to me, hope is more hopeful when it is presented in a subtle way."
Listen to "Buffy" below.