Jenny Hval has shared the second single from her recently announced album The Practice of Love, which is coming out on September 13th. The new track is called 'High Alice', and Hval gives a typically intriguing outline of it by saying:

"For a while, this song felt like my entire album. I had no idea what the rest of it would be, just a feeling like this song and the title, the two words ‘High Alice,’ would get me there... My guiding stars at the time were Clarice Lispector's The Hour of the Star and Kylie Minogue's ‘Confide In Me.’ Maybe High Alice is the narrator of this album. I don't know how I wrote it, it was automatic. But I found it really funny that I mentioned the sea three times. High Alice goes to all the places I have taught myself to avoid, like the four Big Themes: Love, death, life, the ocean. The ocean. The ocean.”

True to its Alice in Wonderland-indebted title, and Hval's admission that she didn't know where she was going with the track, 'High Alice' is an enticing and unsettling track that lures you further and further into its sonic architecture. While built on similarly maximalist pop as 'Ashes to Ashes', 'High Alice' takes a different approach to its pulsating and teasing goal, with a propulsion and progression that is reminiscent of Massive Attack's classic 'Unfinished Sympathy'. In this mystical surrounding, Hval's breathy vocals and alluring imagery thrives, dragging us ever deeper.

Jenny Hval's new album The Practice Of Love is out September 13th on Sacred Bones. She's got these live dates ahead:

Fri. Sept. 20 - Sat. Sept. 21 - Oslo, NO @ Ultima Festival
Sun. Sept. 29 - London, UK @ Milton Court
Wed. Oct. 16 - Frankfurt, DE @ Mousonturm
Wed. Oct. 30 - Paris, FR @ Centre Pompidou
Sat. Nov. 9 - Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who? Festival
Sat. Nov. 23 - Katowice, PL @ Ars Cameralis Festival