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Video of the Moment #2755: Bjork

 
By on Tuesday, 12th December 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

I am not a Bjork fan. Never have been, never will be one. However, there is no denying her influence on popular music and the making of it. Her ability, or shall we say willingness to push boundaries has been pretty unrivalled over the years. This week, she shares the promo video for the title track of her newest album, ‘Utopia’, her ninth that dropped last month on One Little Indian. Directed by Nick Thornton Jones and Wareen Du Preez, it looks how you might imagine visuals for a song with a title like that might be conveyed. We’re introduced to a pretty, overly pink world looking idyllic, while flautists from the land play a bouncy melody along to Bjork’s own vocals. I think if you get Bjork, you’ll totally love this. Me? I am totally lost. Make up your own mind about it by watching it below. TGTF’s past coverage on the enigmatic Bjork is through this link.

 

Video of the Moment #1042: Bjork

 
By on Saturday, 17th November 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Bjork is stuck in quicksand and attacked by flying yarn monsters in the new video for ‘Mutual Core’. Don’t believe me? Watch the video directed by Andrew Huang below.

Her ‘Biophilia’ remix album ‘bastards’ is out on Monday (19 November) on One Little Indian.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM80F_J-QHE[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day #617: Bjork

 
By on Wednesday, 5th September 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Bjork‘s ‘Hidden Place’ has been remixed by Blackbird Blackbird (aka (Mikey Maramag), and RCRD LBL was quick to point out that it’s ‘bootleg’. (Huh? If you don’t want us to have it, why did you post it?) Anyway, I thought some of you crazy Bjork fanboys/girls would like to have this. You know the drill; listen to and download it below.

 

Video of the Moment #601: Bjork

 
By on Saturday, 15th October 2011 at 10:00 am
 

So Bjork‘s long-awaited new album ‘Biophilia’ is out now on One Little Indian and she’s been answering fans’ questions submitted through the Guardian. She’s sporting a massive ginger ‘fro in this promo video for ‘Moon’. If that doesn’t put you off, the gentle plinky plonky notes on what I’m guessing is the “gameleste” (first alluded to when ‘Crystalline’ was released as a teaser over the summer – read more here) and what appears to be some sort of pumpkin pudding in her right hand may impress you. Or not. Watch it all enfold below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br2s0xJyFEM[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #534: Bjork

 
By on Thursday, 28th July 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Bjork‘s new video for ‘Crystalline’, directed by Michael Gondry. Not even going to try to explain it. (My previous musings on this track are on this In the Post.) Watch the video below.

(Have to admit though, it’s nice to have someone else being talked about besides Gaga, all the time.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZhkfwrxNOc[/youtube]

 

In the Post #73: Bjork – Crystalline

 
By on Monday, 27th June 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

I recall my first “run-in” with Bjork vividly, back in the mid-’90s. My brother, who had just purchased his first car (or should I say massive four-by-four), wanted to show it off and take little sister for a spin. After what felt like climbing a small mountain, I finally situated myself and he pulled out onto the road. “You gotta listen to this!” he said excitedly, popping a homemade CD into a then-fancy, car-specific CD player, cranking up the volume. (Yes kids, there once was a time when most cars were only outfitted with cassette tape players, so this was pretty exciting.) In those days, even with my limited knowledge of music outside of the British Invasion, I was pretty picky when it came to music. So at the time, being assaulted by strange music and an equally strange-sounding woman singing, all I could think of was, “what is this?” and “why in god’s name is my brother listening to this?” And so this was my introduction to Bjork’s ‘Debut’.

I still don’t get the appeal of this kooky Icelandic songstress – and to be honest, I’ve never had the suspicious “why were you going through a Bjork phase back then?” conversation with my brother – but she always manages to grab the limelight whenever she’s got something exciting in the pipeline. And yes, this summer she’s got everyone hot and bothered with her upcoming 3-week residency at Manchester’s Campfield Market Hall during the city’s annual International Festival, which includes seven live “previews” of her new music / art / technology (did someone say iPad app?) project, ‘Biophilia’. While she might not be my cup of tea, I can appreciate her originality and commitment to be true to herself. Take for example this “gameleste”, a new instrument Bjork had made for this project that is supposed to sound like a full musical ensemble from Thailand but is operated like an organ. How this is supposed to look and sound? Watch the video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-7vRl7EEfo[/youtube]

As can be expected for Bjork’s first appearances in Britain in over 3 years, the tickets went quickly for the first set of tickets and only the first night’s show (tonight, 27 June) are still available. But if you can’t be in Manc this summer to hear the new music or see the related exhibition, the first track from ‘Biophilia’, ‘Crystalline’, has been proffered ahead of the album. First, it sounds like this gameleste is being used to good effect, which is pretty cool considering everyone and everybody is using the xylophone these days. There are sci-fi synth effects (which I suppose make sense, considering the song is about “crystalising galaxies”) and a minimal drum track going on while the plinky plony gameleste continues on throughout the whole song. Bjork’s voice is staccato at times, more expansive and operatic at others, but more interesting is the last minute of the track, which sounds like power tools let loose in an evil genius’s workshop. Maybe a Flying Lotus vibe too? Overall, it sounds okay, but Bjork’s voice in general gets on my nerves and after a while I’m sure this song would get on my nerves too. However, if you’ve been watching her every move since her days in the Sugarcubes, I imagine you will love this.

7/10

Bjork is scheduled to play seven shows at Campfield Market Hall in Manchester, starting tonight. The other shows (all sold out) are on the 30th June and 3rd, 7th, 10th, 13 and 16th of July.

 
 
 

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