"Some people are cool and collected. I'm cool and embarrassed," says Norwegian singer/songwriter Jenny Hval, referring to her notoriously explicit lyrics. "The key is to write something that will never stop being embarrassing." Cases in point: The opening line of her 2011 full-length debut, Viscera, is "I arrived in town with an electric toothbrush pressed against my clitoris." On Innocence Is Kinky, her follow-up album that arrived earlier this year, it's "That night, I watch people fucking on my computer." (If you really want to feel uncomfortable, watch the NSFW official video for the title track.) When Hval performs these songs live, though, she really does keeps it together even after that line is out of her red-lipsticked mouth. Still, how can she live with herself after singing about cunts and cum if it never stops being embarrassing for her?
Jenny Hval (Photo Credit: Kristine Jakobsen)