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  • Summary: The four-track EP for the Norwegian artist was recorded with Havard Volden and producer Lasse Marhaug.
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  1. May 29, 2018
    80
    From murky ambience to noise, free jazz, and beyond, Hval deploys sounds with a careful attention to feeling, building lush collages with a strategic intent further amplified in the lyrics. While ultimately smaller and less ambitious than her previous full-lengths, The Long Sleep grasps at ideas about presence, affect, and influence, recognizing the important potential of networks of all types in the lives of all who listen.
  2. 80
    The four-track offering is a rather wild journey, in that it refuses to offer anything up easily. Instead, it allows its intricate layers to build up to whatever it is they eventually come to stoke inside of you.
  3. May 29, 2018
    80
    Hval's knack for the conceptual can make her an elusive songwriter, but The Long Sleep offers plenty of immediate charms. Like the disco ball that hangs through the EP's first half, Hval breaks down her ideas and refracts them into something luminous.
  4. 80
    The Long Sleep is more concerned with the lifecycle, the existential, and, in parts, is more sonically expansive.
  5. Jun 4, 2018
    79
    Unclear messages and unspooled melodies break new ground for Hval, and she inhabits it with grace on The Long Sleep. It’s as penetrating a work as Blood Bitch and its predecessor, Apocalypse, girl, but more humble in concept and more suspicious of its own claims.
  6. May 29, 2018
    70
    Her abstract notion seems to unfold halfway through opener ‘Spells’, as she starts engaging in a form of scat singing, amid wispy solos and a dreamy chorus.
  7. Jun 13, 2018
    70
    Any music that Jenny Hval has produced addressed the listener on a personal level. There always seems to be an inherent honesty about her music and the concept behind her works, and that continues to be the case with The Long Sleep.

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  1. May 31, 2018
    8
    There are moments that challenge the likability of 'The Long Sleep', but its when Jenny uses those moments to create something extraordinaryThere are moments that challenge the likability of 'The Long Sleep', but its when Jenny uses those moments to create something extraordinary that leaves you speechless. Expand