Rated 5 out of
Jenny Hval fills venue with joyful wonder
I was not familiar with Jenny at all only hearing her tune Spells a few weeks before on the radio which sounded so good I had to see her play. The venue, St John on Bethnal Green, is a rather magnificent church so seats for all, though late comers quickly filled all the spare space in the aisles. The place was perfect for what was to follow.
Jenny was accompanied by four other musicians who she spent time introducing however Nordic names did not sink into my befuddled brain so I cannot recall them but they were all excellent. An awful lot of electronic wizardry, three laptops plus sax and trumpet with the occasional use of a lead guitar produced some of the finest sound I have heard in a long time. Only knowing one tune of hers meant everything was new and nothing disappointed, it was all heavenly with rapturous applause greeting the end of every song. As part of the performance a giant inflatable clam was placed in front of the stage area and Jenny and her band joined her on it together with a microphone and their smart phones, this arrangement allowed them to create an amazing sound for one tune, it was terrific.
They played for around an hour and at the end everyone was standing up and applauding, a very well received act. No encore but after all the aural pleasure we received no one minded. It was naturally a full house.
Support was from Rocheman who are hard to describe but ambient jazz would probably not be amiss. They were both interesting and captivating and worth seeking out, the crowd loved them.
Date published: 2018-06-12