Blood Bitch, the 2016 album from Jenny Hval, has won a major Scandinavian music prize. The Phonofile Nordic Music Prize is similar to Britain's Mercury Prize or the Polaris in Canada. Each country in Scandinavia had a nominated album with Norwegian Hval picked ahead of albums including Swedish house producer Kornel Kóvaks's The Bells and Icealndic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson's Arrival score.
“The winning album was an incredibly strong piece of work—engrossing, atmospheric, challenging and thought-provoking,” the judges said in a statement. “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.”
The award was presented to Hval by Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon at a ceremony at the by:Larm Festival in Oslo, Norway on Thursday night.
Thumbnail image via Jenny Berger Myhre.