Jenny Hval is a Norwegian artist and writer. With her background in writing and performance, her music is both poetic and straight-forward, melodic and spacious. It follows her lyrics wherever they go: Spoken word, surrealist folk tales, or just plain provocative imagery.
With her second album, Medea (2008, also as Rockettothesky), a different and more experimental tone was set. Hval invoked the greek tragic heroine Medea – the monstrous mother, powerful sorceress, and foreign woman – through spoken word and improvised sound textures. She also started playing live with free improv musicians Håvard Volden (guitar) and Kyrre Laastad (drums & percussion).