Norwegian experimental singer/songwriter Jenny Hval teams up with noise producer Lasse Marhaug for her most focused album to date, Blood Bitch . As the title indicates, this is an album about blood, thematically incorporating all of its horrors and blessings. Lyrics in songs like “Period Piece,” “Female Vampire,” “In the Red,” and others conjure speculums, menstruation, and birth control in methods poetic and otherwise. To say that this is an intimate project is putting it mildly, but it is also a work of the collective feminine unconscious. Hval referred to the album as being about “the purest and most powerful, yet most trivial, and most terrifying blood: Menstruation. The white and red toilet roll chain which ties together the virgins, the whores, the mothers, the witches, the dreamers, and the lovers.” Both magical and mundane, menstrual blood has been a source of power and bother for women from time immemorial. Hval’s music reflects this duality distinctly; her pretty, ethereal voice rides just on top of repetitive, angular electro-pop instrumentation and highly-produced rhythms are juxtaposed with organic sounds like heavy breathing or pen on paper. Synth waves and base beats keep the songs balanced somewhere between electro dance music and high-concept avant-garde pop, grounded one minute and lofty the next. It can be difficult to pin Blood Bitch down, so just let it flow.