Lost Girls, the project of Jenny Hval and Håvard Volden, have announced their second album Selvutsletter will be released on October 20 through Smalltown Supersound. The new album features recent single “Ruins” as well as seven other tracks.
Today they offer up “With The Other Hand”, which started with Volden’s guitar line, which Hval then rearranged beyond recognition. “The result was a structure of verse and chorus, a pop song whispering about someone’s mysterious journey through a street, a building, and a stage,” the band say. “The chorus goes like this: ‘With the other hand I open rooms / With the first one I write,’ describing two parts of something – a creative process, or two parts of the unconscious. Or perhaps the two hands describe Lost Girls themselves. One opens rooms, the other writes.”
Built around that frenetic guitar line, percolating beats and Hval’s breathless delivery, we are guided along a mysterious stroll of discovery in “With The Other Hand”. We’re taken down a dark alley, until we’re presented with something “unfamiliar and strange”, with Hval imploring “don’t look away / take it in”. As we lean into the experience, the beats pick up and Hval’s singing voice lures us on, opening further doors to more mysteries; an endless corridor of self-discovery delivered in a subtle avant-pop package, with Hval and Volden holding our hands as we go.