Bjork - 2017 album

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maura, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 15:47 (one month ago) Permalink

maura, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 15:47 (one month ago) Permalink

"warmthness, bjork"

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 16:06 (one month ago) Permalink

I really love how she compliments visually every album and tour but I haven't felt particularly interested in anything she's done since Medulla. I've listened to every one of her albums at least 10 times and nothing of her recent material sticks out to me (safe from the music videos and the amazing dresses, maybe a couple of musical moments here and there).
She has long deviated from making pop, her more recent experiments aren't particularly interesting or innovative to my ears and even though she is usually joined by great string players or electronic producers I don't know how to describe it properly but I feel it all sounds very sharp... like it's missing something

dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 16:11 (one month ago) Permalink

for someone who is clearly very warm towards music and people, her production choices end up in the cold spectrum for me.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 16:12 (one month ago) Permalink

feel the same way moka for the most part.

Did like the last one because it was aesthetically a retread of Homogenic in some ways

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 16:46 (one month ago) Permalink

While Vulnicura was probably her first release in a decade that actually moved me (i.e. it wasn't just stuff that I appreciated/admired but not loved), it was a bit too dark/depressing to listen to on a daily basis. So I'm having high hopes for this one. Apparently Arca's on board again - which will probably mean sharp/cold production, well, he's her new right hand now - but there are going to be flutes/woodwinds instead of strings this time, and it's her 'Tinder' album (lol) - about searching for utopia and being in love. She's used words like 'happy,' 'dreamworld' and 'paradise' to describe it. I wonder how it'll translate to the sound. I'm not hoping for a return to her 90s art-pop beginnings but something lush, beautiful and emotional like Vespertine would be great.

mthrn, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 16:50 (one month ago) Permalink

It's a retread of homogenic but much older... heartbroken but lacking that sense of wonder of what's next. I can't deal with that sort of statements at this point in my life tbh. Maybe in a couple of years.

Hopefully this new album is different, I miss her more playful side.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 16:50 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't know how to describe it properly but I feel it all sounds very sharp... like it's missing something

I think the problem for me is she has largely neglected to write catchy melodies for her last 3 or so albums, she just does this kind of warbling up and down the scale thing.

chap, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 16:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Some of the Vulnicura songs have stayed with me, but yeah I feel ya about lack of catchy melodies since... Vespertine? I mean, I appreciate that she has kept trying to push forward, but it's just lost me. I still check out each new album to see if it finally connects with me the way the first four albums did

Vinnie, Thursday, 3 August 2017 01:34 (one month ago) Permalink

I didn't like the last one much and REALLY didn't like Volta but I dig Biophillia more than most people it seems :C

ultros ultros-ghali, Thursday, 3 August 2017 09:18 (one month ago) Permalink

I was very cool on Biophilia initially but for some reason it clicked after I ignored it for a year.

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Thursday, 3 August 2017 13:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Some tidbits from a new piece in Dazed:

1. The focus of the album this time are flutes and woodwinds instead of strings.
2. The overall vibe of the record is light / airy / weightless, with only a few heavier moments.
3. Songs feature samples of birdsong and natural sounds; some sampled from David Toop's 1980 album Hekura, some recorded by Björk & Arca in Venezuela.
4. Arca is back as the co-producer, this time working with Björk from scratch. He apparently pushed her to explore further territories she only scratched with tracks like "Batabid" or "Ambergris March".
5. The album is not exactly political but it's about creating a future utopia, both in a personal and universal sense.
6. Possible first single - a love song called "The Gate" with a video directed by Andrew Thomas Huang.
7. One of the most melodic and straightforward tracks is called "Allow" and it's about her friendship with Arca. She's not sure yet if it'll be included on the album.
8. "Loss" is a song recorded with Rabit and it features his crushing jackhammer rhythms.
9. The song "Features Creatures" (lol) describes the feeling of seeing someone with the same beard and accent as a lover. BTW Björk is allegedly dating Tri Angle's Robin Carolan.
10. No title or release date yet but 'very soon'.

mthrn, Thursday, 3 August 2017 14:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks for that!

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 3 August 2017 14:56 (one month ago) Permalink

Ugh not too keen on Arca coming back as a producer his style is very claustrophobic for bjork.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:04 (one month ago) Permalink

maybe Bjork albums are better 'in description' these days. Cause that list sounds bloody awesome, yet I can only echo Moka's sentiment in the 'actuality of listening' to her recent output.

Ludo, Thursday, 3 August 2017 18:47 (one month ago) Permalink

i didn't like volta at all and it did kind of put me off her for a while. I'll always listen but I feel similar to many here. Vespertine I loved; and I don't know if I'll love another album of hers like that again, but I'll always hope

akm, Thursday, 3 August 2017 18:49 (one month ago) Permalink

I think Drawing Restraint 9 is where it started to go a bit awry. Even Volta felt like it was straining to be fun. chap OTM about her vocal melodies.

Week of Wonders (Ross), Thursday, 3 August 2017 19:43 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New single “The Gate” out digitally on September 18th and on single-sided 12” vinyl on September 22nd.
Video by Andrew Thomas Huang coming next week.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 15:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink !?

StanM, Thursday, 7 September 2017 20:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ok, not with her anymore. Google translated: "Tappi Tikarrass was born in 1981 and worked until 1983. At the beginning the band was composed of four boys from Reykjavík and later added to the singer Björk. The band drew a lot of attention at the time, for example, in the film Rokk in Reykjavík. The band was revived in 2015 and today the band consists of Eyþór Arnalds, Jakob Smári Magnússon, Eyjólfur Jóhannsson and Guðmundur Þór Gunnarsson, all the original members of the band. The band has finished recording a new album and has released two new songs this year, Spak and Listen."

StanM, Thursday, 7 September 2017 20:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I have had a really intense Bjork rennaisance lately, in the past 48h I have listened to:

Debut Live
Post Live
Homogenic Live
Vespertine Live

northwest pass-agg (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 23:02 (one week ago) Permalink

I have discovered a LOT, namely this track where she breaks out into "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" at the end

and this magnificent thing

northwest pass-agg (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 23:03 (one week ago) Permalink

“The Gate” is out now.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Friday, 15 September 2017 10:26 (one week ago) Permalink

This is heavy Medulla mode Bjork. Probably not going to be into this until after 5 years, if I live that long.

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 15 September 2017 15:19 (one week ago) Permalink

wasn't expecting anything so wafty... one day I'll listen to the last album :/

fndgo, Friday, 15 September 2017 15:28 (one week ago) Permalink

This track is v boring

northwest pass-agg (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 15 September 2017 15:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Hate to say it, but I agree. Seems like I tend to like Bjork more when she's upset than when she's content.

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 15 September 2017 16:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh except she's not content here. Oh well, guess I'm just not smitten atm.

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 15 September 2017 16:47 (one week ago) Permalink

I kind of expected it to sound like this. Oh well.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Friday, 15 September 2017 17:48 (one week ago) Permalink

I’m not feeling the new track either; except for the gorgeous intro it sounds like a boring Biophilia outtake but with Arca’s production shtick (that I’m kind of over). But apparently the rest of the album is very different sound-wise. Airy and happy. She has put together a twelve-piece Icelandic flute ensemble and they are featured on the record. So I’ll hold my judgement until I hear the whole thing.

(The title is Utopia, by the way.)

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Friday, 15 September 2017 18:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Same. She was comparing it at least thematically in interviews to Vespertine, so I have no choice but to trust her.

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 15 September 2017 18:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Wow... It's like I've been listening to a different track entirely than all of you. This is beautiful, and miles away from Medulla.

Don't mind me, but if you call such an intimate, skin-on-skin song "dull" or "boring", then maybe Björk isn't for you anymore? Idk. I just don't get the negative responses. This sounds very much in line with Vespertine, minus the icicle Matmos production, stripped of sonicry. I agree it probably needs to be heard in the context of the album. But this is not dull, nor boring.

Sparse, minimal (those two alone rule out Medulla refs already imo), stark naked (like Vulnicura was). While I agree that this could be an unfortunate choice for a single (whatever a "single" means nowadays for artists who work album-wise, like Björk), the song itself is great. I am so on board, yet again.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 15 September 2017 23:55 (one week ago) Permalink

with LBI on this

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:01 (six days ago) Permalink

Ross <3

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:03 (six days ago) Permalink

getting a selected ambient works 2 vibe from this

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:04 (six days ago) Permalink

Utopia (out in November)

StanM, Saturday, 16 September 2017 08:13 (six days ago) Permalink

oh, we already knew - sorry :-)

StanM, Saturday, 16 September 2017 08:13 (six days ago) Permalink

Whatever piece of music that opens the video, I like very much. And I admit the song has more impact with the visual accompaniment.

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Monday, 18 September 2017 16:16 (four days ago) Permalink

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