Jenny Hval released one of the most stunning and incredible bodies of work last year with the release of Blood Bitch. We referred to it as a "hypnotic, if also dizzying soundscape" in our review here.

Now, the album has been rewarded the Phonofile Nordic Music Prize during a ceremony in Oslo on Thursday. The jury consisted of Paul Jones – Rough Trade Records (UK), Jonathan Galkin – DFA Records (US), Jude Rogers – Journalist The Guardian (UK), Laurence Bell - Domino Records (UK) and Stuart Maconie (UK) – journalist BBC.

The jury had this to say: "The winner is a fascinating artist that divides people – including this year’s international jury. Nevertheless, their album stood out in what was a fascinating year for the prize. All the judges were impressed by the adventurousness of the shortlisted albums, which shows once again how cutting-edge and diverse the contemporary Scandinavian music scene is. For those who loved it, the winning album was an incredibly strong piece of work – engrossing, atmospheric, challenging and thought-provoking. The artist who made it is endlessly inventive, and a brilliant example of how the Scandinavian underground can make statements in music which can powerfully connect and cut through."