Whatever you want to say about 2016 (and we’ve said plenty), it was a great year for music and Chunky Glasses covered the hell out of it. Well, it was a great year for musical output at least. We lost far too many of our favorite artists but, by fortune or design, we gained some truly extraordinary albums before they passed. More than that, those that remained took up the mantles of the fallen to produce a bounty of sharply observed, deeply felt works. To call it a changing of the guard would be overly simplistic; an artificial narrative created to instill some sense of order on a chaotic year. But, be that as it may, it appears that as the world lurches into an uncertain 2017, at least we’ll still have plenty of exemplary musicians to help us make sense of whatever happens next.
Now in its sixth year, the Hopscotch Music Festival has become an annual tradition in downtown Raleigh, NC. Comprising three days of music spread this year between eleven local venues, along with large outdoor concerts held on a large temporary stage raised on the street of the City Plaza, the festival is unique in that it is a large event that manages to maintain the feel of the city that hosts it.
This past weekend, Chunky Glasses sat down with Jenny Hval to talk about her new album: Innocence Is Kinky. Jenny had just finished a gig in Norway, her birthplace, and took some time to talk about performing live, Oslo, and the political system of Norway.
ChunkyGlasses: What is your live setup looking like with this up-coming tour?
Jenny Hval: I have two others. I have a drummer who additionally plays a drum machine and a synth. And then I have another guy who plays a drum machine all while I play a keyboard.
CG: You are about to embark on your second tour of the US, right?
JH: Yeah, it’s more like my second leg of touring. I think of it as the second part of the journey because we had to go back and do some shows in Europe and then I leave on Monday for the US.