Jenny Hval
The Practice Of Love
Sacred Bones Records
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2019
LP
22.49
SBR-229 / Includes Download Code
incl. 8 tarot cards
LP (color)
23.39
SBR-229X / Includes Download Code
Sand colored vinyl, incl. tarot cards
Incl. VAT plus shipping / Orders from outside the EU are exempt from VAT
Tracklist
1Lions (feat. Vivian Wang)
2High Alice
3Accident (feat. Laura Jean)
4The Practice of Love (feat. Laura Jean and Vivian Wang)
5Ashes to Ashes
6Thumbsucker (feat. Félicia Atkinson)
7Six Red Cannas (feat. Vivian Wang, Félicia Atkinson, and Laura Jean)
8Ordinary (feat. Vivian Wang and Félicia Atkinson)

At first listen, The Practice of Love, Jenny Hval’s seventh full-length album, unspools with an almost deceptive ease. Across eight tracks, filled with arpeggiated synth washes and the kind of lilting beats that might have drifted, loose and unmoored, from some forgotten mid-’90s trance single, The Practice of Love feels, first and foremost, compellingly humane. Given the horror and viscera of her previous album, 2016’s Blood Bitch, The Practice of Love is almost subversive in its gentleness—a deep dive into what it means to grow older, to question one’s relationship to the earth and one’s self, and to hold a magnifying glass over the notion of what intimacy can mean. As Hval describes it, the album charts its own particular geography, a landscape in which multiple voices engage and disperse, and the question of connectedness—or lack thereof—hangs suspended in the architecture of every song. It is an album about “seeing things from above—almost like looking straight down into the ground, all of these vibrant forest landscapes, the type of nature where you might find a porn magazine at a certain place in the woods and everyone would know where it was, but even that would just become rotting paper, eventually melting into the ground.”