jenny hval's mesmerising new music video was made only by women

'The Battle is Over' soundtracks a very, very dark vision of 1950s suburbia.

by i-D Staff
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28 May 2015, 8:32am

Zia Anger

If you haven't yet been welcomed into the world of Jenny Hval, now is the perfect time. The Norwegian singer has released a music video for 'The Battle is Over', which follows women performing 'feminine' domestic tasks while Hval sings "Statistics and newspapers tell me that I am unhappy and dying," until the glossy surface of their routine is excoriated to reveal something much darker. It's a perfect example of Hval's remarkably thoughtful, affecting music.

The music video's director Zia Anger, a frequent Angel Olsen collaborator, offered this beautiful explanation of the clip.

"I guess it goes back to '96 for me, and the 'girl power' mantra I've been repeating since I learned it from the Spice Girls. The female experience is far from singular (and even further from this white, suburban, American-retro dream), yet around every corner there is a common pain, a wisdom of ecstasy, and an obsession with the uncanny that we all share. Collaborating with an entirely female creative team (with the support of a few great gentlemen) gave birth to an exploration of Jenny's song and an inquiry into the sarcasm that pulses through it." Watch it here.

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