Lost Girls - Menneskekollektivet
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Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #24 / 193
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Based on 158 ratings
2021 Ratings: #20
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The debut LP from the duo Jenny Hval and Håvard Volden is a warm-blooded exploration of the sensuality of the artistic process.

Beats Per Minute

This record evades categorization. It’s a strange beast, like a sphinx: you can’t tell where one animal begins and where the other ends.


You'll scent strong hints of Arthur Russell's twisted marginal disco within Menneskekollektivet ((The Human Collective"), as Hval's folkish vocals and poetic framing deliciously counterpoint a fusillade of muscular beats and Volden's jabbing guitar.


The music is merely caught in a state of evolution and, had they not chosen to nail it down to tape when they did, it might have developed differently. What therefore emerges - in Hval's occasionally tentative melodic explorations as much as Volden's instrumental experiments — is an insight into the very process of making an album.

FLOOD Magazine

Menneskekollektivet takes listeners on a journey that is both transcendent and meditative. The experimental qualities allow the album to be many records at once—electronic and poppy in some places, ambient and symphonic in other places, and in places, all of these things simultaneously.

One of the most intriguing listens of the year so far! Thoroughly enjoyed the spoken word and airtight production throughout the 44 minute runtime.

Not really the type of art pop that has me gripped at first listen but this really did it for me. Every track is executed in the right manner and is composed carefully, almost mathematical.

My type of ASMR

Favourite tracks: Losing Something, Carried by Invisible Bodies
apparently this is the year for spoken word vocals, whether it be Florence Shaw or Greep or that other little kid in the children's band, or in this case Jenny Hval. I have found it hard to get into Hval's music but I find this project to be much more accessible than her other work. the interesting layers and textures provided by Hval and Håvard Volden create a visceral electronic soundscape that frames her voice perfectly. the two longer pieces, the title track (12 minutes) and ... read more
A peripheral and spiritual experience throughout the passion brought by sonic copulation. Jenny Hval is truly a master of evoking intense emotions delivered by music. I still get goosebumps remembering the first track when she was talking about selflessness and how music defines that for her. The glimmering synths then hover and gather and her ethereal singing voice makes an entrance. Something about it is so trance-like, an out-of-body endeavor.
Not usually the type of artsy music that gets me going but all 5 tracks on here are very well composed. Hval's playful vocals and/or soothing speech is a fine complement to the minimalistic yet bubbling electronica. It has a breezy and strong aura, and equates into a fun listen.
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Added on: February 16, 2021