On her 2006 debut, Until Death Comes, Swedish singer-songwriter Frida Hyvönen matched simple, repetitive melodies with equally naked lyrical depictions of drunken escapades and awkward bedroom encounters. Hyvönen’s songs occasionally overstep the bounds of acceptable narcissism, though the hyper-sexualized persona she employs on “Once I Was a Serene Teenaged Child”—“Once I felt your cock against my thigh,” she deadpans—certainly commands attention. Still, Hyvönen’s at her best with a little room to unspool her trenchant wit; on the warped Tin Pan Alley homage “The Modern,” she thumbs her nose at traditional gender roles and concocts a fantasy where a girl gets her boyfriend pregnant. Hyvönen’s new full-length, Silence Is Wild, reflects a deeper musical palette with the addition of synths and strings. “Enemy Within” infuses a Broadway overture with a bit of Dusty in Memphis swagger—everything great about the Brill Building aesthetic in one tiny package.
FRIDA HYVÖNEN PERFORMS WITH THE JACKFIELDS AT 9:30 P.M. SUNDAY, NOV. 9, AND MONDAY, NOV. 10, AT THE RED AND THE BLACK, 1212 H ST. NE. $10. (202) 399-3201.