“Period Piece” is a bold, subdued exclamation from Jenny Hval

“Don’t be afraid, it’s only blood,” sings Jenny Hval on the latest track that’s surfaced from Blood Bitch, “Period Piece.” The song finds Hval narrating a trip to the OB/GYN, with the clinical instrumental behind her adding to the setting. And while Hval has sung about “watching people fuck on her computer” in the past, there’s nothing voyeuristic about “Piece.” Instead, she highlights just how alien the concept of menstruation is, how deep we tuck it away from sight. “Speculum pulls me open, Space in my space,” she sings, evoking some UFO imagery in the process. “Accidental sci-fi,” she follows, attempting to consolidate her feelings with those of the outside world. She’s only human, but she can feel like an outsider. As Hval puts it, “there are multitudes.”

Blood Bitch is out September 30.


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