AOTY 2018

The Long Sleep

Jenny Hval - The Long Sleep
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
User Score
Based on 92 ratings
2018 Ratings: #187
May 25, 2018 / Release Date
EP / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Exclaim!

Hval's knack for the conceptual can make her an elusive songwriter, but The Long Sleep offers plenty of immediate charms.

80
The Independent

Hval’s enlisting of celebrated jazz musicians for the record makes for a free-flowing, sedative listen throughout.

80
The Line of Best Fit

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.

80
Under The Radar

Evidently, this nurturing record is no less impactful than her last, and it certainly provides as much food for thought while impressing itself deeply.

79
Pitchfork

The experimental songwriter abandons the conceptual rigor of her recent albums, collaborating with a handful of jazz musicians on a loose, ambiguous EP where repetition induces a state of déjà vu.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Even if The Long Sleep is a resigned, muted, end-of-the-line Kool-Aid party, the bug juice is delectable enough to call one back from the great unknown for seconds and so on.

70
Crack Magazine

A free-spirited flush of melody for mending a broken heart.

70
Northern Transmissions

While the highs of this album are truly some of Hval’s best work, as a total package you may find the album a bit lop-sided.

70
Drowned in Sound

Hval decides to add her manifesto at the end of the EP, in the brief spoken word ‘I Want To Tell You Something’ ... With the deathly undertones dredged up by a term like The Long Sleep, it’s a beautifully reassuring sign off.

70
PopMatters

On The Long Sleep, Jenny Hval takes a minimalistic turn on her dreamlike, elusive form of art pop.

liammenzies
92
With little to no expectations for this record, I wasn't just pleasant surprised by this EP but more accurately won me over completely. An utterly engrossing listen, Jenny trades out the abstract and ambient pop of Apocalypse Girl for lusher vistas, lavished with bleak, beautiful sax, joyous lighthearted keys and Hval's trademark hypnotic vocals. With a lyrical core on the nature of creativity, The Long Sleep will be a timeless listen that goes to show how effective and varied a four-track EP ... read more
archetypewriter
75
The title track is the one for me with its lush and moody ambience. I honestly don't bother listening to the rest of this EP, but this one song is so lovely.
plowo
85
Jenny Hval is one the most interesting nowadays art pop artists, she has delivered amazing experimental conceptual album in her road. On her EP "The Long Sleep" Jenny presents a progressive dark jazzy conceptual mini album that has a 10 minute track in the middle of it. "The Long Sleep" is another great artwork from Jenny and it's really beautiful and ethereal.

Favs: Spells and The Long Sleep.
chunderz
77
Jenny Hval's 'The Long Sleep' is a meditative and captivating experience that stirs an array of emotions throughout its short running time. "Spells" is a poppy number with a catchy chorus, disguised subtly by the underlying piano and jazz elements. "The Long Sleep" is a glorious 10 minutes of transcendental beats - it sounds almost tribal in its construction.

Hval shows her innate ability to construct music that seemingly isn't that accessible, but has just enough pop savvy ... read more
goodboiloic
75
I prefer it when Jenny Hval was dark and creepy
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#31/The Quietus

MISC LISTS

/Stereogum (EPs)

Track List

  1. Spells
  2. The Dreamer Is Everyone in Her Dream
  3. The Long Sleep
  4. I Want to Tell You Something
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Added on: April 11, 2018