Jenny Hval – “Take Care of Yourself” (Singles Going Steady)

This video underscores just how essential it is to see Jenny Hval on her current tour.

Ed Whitelock: Jenny Hval’s Apocalypse, Girl is one of the most important albums of the year, which is not to be confused with a necessarily pleasant listening experience. This video underscores just how essential it is to see her on her current tour. [8/10]

Dustin Ragucos: Jenny Hval takes on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs like a champ, exploring life in a philosophical way and carrying herself brilliantly along synth lines that could be pitch-altered elevator chimes. This take from Apocalypse, girl goes from minimally thought-provoking to a forced piece about masturbation. She would be a great leader of ceremonies, yes, but she makes some experimental choices, like in the second half of this song, that feel like it could be taken from a chapter called “Your First Experimental Track”. [5/10]

John Garratt: When music was on its way to becoming an art show, some people forgot to write songs. Oh well, at least the word “glib” enjoys a new definition. [2/10]