The Best Tracks of 2019, #7


7. Jenny Hval, “Ashes to Ashes”

Jenny Hval’s music keeps getting increasingly more hook-oriented, but don’t think that comes at the expense for her often lofty lyrical concepts. “Ashes to Ashes” is indeed one of the catchiest tracks Hval has ever written, as its gently pulsating dance arrangement underscores the pretty chorus. Delve a little deeper, though, and you’ll discover a fascinating poem about, well, dreaming about a song she has not yet written, a ritual burial, and ultimately, how sensuality has evolved from “putting two fingers in the earth” to swiping your fingers on your device. Hval never fails to befuddle and fascinate, and this song is a perfect marriage of beauty and profundity.