Details TK ("tracklist: no") but...
― maura, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 15:47 (six months ago) Permalink
― boxedjoy, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 16:06 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) Permalink
Thanks for that!
― Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 3 August 2017 14:56 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) Permalink
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 (five months ago) Permalink
― StanM, Thursday, 7 September 2017 20:43 (five months 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 (five months ago) Permalink
I have had a really intense Bjork rennaisance lately, in the past 48h I have listened to:
DebutPostDebut LivePost LiveVespertineHomogenicHomogenic LiveVespertine Live
― northwest pass-agg (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 23:02 (five months 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 (five months ago) Permalink
“The Gate” is out now.
― ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Friday, 15 September 2017 10:26 (five months 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 (five months ago) Permalink
wasn't expecting anything so wafty... one day I'll listen to the last album :/
― fndgo, Friday, 15 September 2017 15:28 (five months ago) Permalink
This track is v boring
― northwest pass-agg (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 15 September 2017 15:33 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months ago) Permalink
I kind of expected it to sound like this. Oh well.
― dance cum rituals (Moka), Friday, 15 September 2017 17:48 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months ago) Permalink
with LBI on this
― Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:01 (five months ago) Permalink
― Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:03 (five months ago) Permalink
getting a selected ambient works 2 vibe from this
― Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:04 (five months ago) Permalink
Utopia (out in November)
― StanM, Saturday, 16 September 2017 08:13 (five months ago) Permalink
oh, we already knew - sorry :-)
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 (five months ago) Permalink
great video, excited about bjork again
― Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 8 October 2017 03:24 (four months ago) Permalink
in the spirit of #metoo i would like to lend women around the world a hand with a more detailed description of my experience with a danish director . it feels extremely difficult to come out with something of this nature into the public , especially when immediately ridiculed by offenders . i fully sympathise with everyone who hesitates , even for years . but i feel it is the right time especially now when it could make a change . here comes a list of the encounters that i think count as sexual harassment :1 after each take the director ran up to me and wrapped his arms around me for a long time in front of all crew or alone and stroked me sometimes for minutes against my wishes2 when after 2 months of this i said he had to stop the touching , he exploded and broke a chair in front of everyone on set . like someone who has always been allowed to fondle his actresses . then we all got sent home .3 during the whole filming process there were constant awkward paralysing unwanted whispered sexual offers from him with graphic descriptions , sometimes with his wife standing next to us .4 while filming in sweden , he threatened to climb from his room´s balcony over to mine in the middle of the night with a clear sexual intention , while his wife was in the room next door . i escaped to my friends room . this was what finally woke me up to the severity of all this and made me stand my ground5 fabricated stories in the press about me being difficult by his producer . this matches beautifully the weinstein methods and bullying . i have never eaten a shirt . not sure that is even possible .6 i didnt comply or agree on being sexually harassed . that was then portrayed as me being difficult . if being difficult is standing up to being treated like that , i´ll own it .hopelet´s break this cursewarmthbjörk
― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:09 (four months ago) Permalink
I was not aware of this. Fuck Lars Von Trier.
― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:10 (four months ago) Permalink
As a lot of people noted, though, she was pretty clear at the time that the experience soured her on both acting and Von Trier. This is an angrier underscoring as to why.
― Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:15 (four months ago) Permalink
Yes, fuck Von Trier.Also, fuck his sleazy production team for enabling it and framing Björk afterwards as the crazy/difficult one with their ridiculous stories, and now claiming "they were the victims" and that "she dictated everything and was about to close a movie of 100m kroner". Boo-fucking-hoo.And fuck Catherine Deneuve for being a sexual harrasment apologist and perpetuating Von Trier's lies in interviews for years.
Very proud of Björk for coming out with this story.
― ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 18:19 (four months ago) Permalink
No way in hell I'll watch another Von trier after this
― Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 19:27 (four months ago) Permalink
Talentless cunt anyway.
― Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:47 (four months ago) Permalink
I think of all the noisy, pretentious edgelord type eejits of the movie industry in this era, he seems the most talentless and most unbearable personality disorder type of the lot. I can't imagine how anyone could sit through a movie like Nymphomaniac, unless they are being paid or someone is holding a gun to their head. I'm glad Bjork is mirking him up. But can't help feeling if there was a just God in this universe, then this fucker would have been taken out by an icicle of piss decades ago.
― calzino, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:44 (four months ago) Permalink
With a movie like "Nymphomanica", the non-rhetorical question that should spring to anyone's mind is "Why did he make this film?"
― Mark G, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:55 (four months ago) Permalink
LOL, spot on. All of these 'noisy, pretentious edgelord types' are fucking shit anyway. (xp)
― Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:57 (four months ago) Permalink
Ah, this is a Bjork thread, mildly going off topic there.
Amongst other things then, it's a damn shame as it's clear that Bjork would have made a great actor had she done more films. She was pretty amazing in that one film..
― Mark G, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:57 (four months ago) Permalink
arrangements/production on this album really scratch a sonic itch for me. Possibly it's banal to say at this point that her newer work has call-backs to earlier material, but the DNA of Vespertine is strong on this one, one example being the choir which is reminiscent of "Undo" on "Saint". Early impresions but love the scuttled percussive hits that coalesce into a legit banger on "Losss".
― In a slipshod style (Ross), Sunday, 26 November 2017 04:41 (two months ago) Permalink
more excited for a mix than a new album :(
― fndgo, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 15:16 (two months ago) Permalink
Tabula Rasa is a beautiful track. Lyrical themes of not wanting to pass baggage on to your children and undoing the fuck ups - A+
― In a slipshod style (Ross), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 03:32 (two months ago) Permalink
given this about six spins and i think i'm not into it. feels like a nice gelatinous mass of bjorkishness without much in the way of definition. Would be perfectly happy to have it on in the background but not really excited about playing it anymore.
― Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 17:00 (two months ago) Permalink
"gate" is kate bush level
― reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 17:05 (two months ago) Permalink
Still digesting this but I don't think releasing 'The Gate' as a single was a great choice, it's sort of grating in its repetition of those vocal lines. The last few tracks on the record are gorgeous. I like the recurring bird call samples too.
― change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 17:05 (two months ago) Permalink
i was going to argue that 'the gate' is a brilliant song but agree that it's a terrible choice for a single.
but...what is a "single" these days, to someone like Bjork, for an album like this? is the goal to actually get on the radio and get a fluke #1 hit (so in that case, you'd want a single that's really catchy)? maybe it wouldn't be a fluke hit? i have no idea if new bjork songs chart anywhere around the world these days.
is it to kind of serve as a showcase piece for the album to people who are interested enough to maybe check out a single song posted on a website/blog somewhere before making the commitment of hitting the play button on spotify for the entire album?
or is a Bjork single, for an album like this that is more of a singular flowing piece than a collection of hits, aimed more at the committed fan, as a representation of the spirit of the rest of the album? it's only this case that supports "the gate" as a single, at least if you like it (it gives me the chills!), because it's a total failure if it's aimed at radio airplay or even a casual fan. the second minute, where it gets really quiet and those eerie synth-brass-bird lines rain down, along with the feedback, and "my healed chest wound/transformed into a gate"... is beautiful but ultimately not attention-grabbing for the music fan furiously clicking around tabs looking for a fix.
i'm just kind of rambling, sorry. i guess i'm just trying to say i don't even understand the purpose of ANY single for an artist like this (already well established with a huge fanbase) and an album like this (not singles-oriented). i get that the record company has to have something to push, along with a video.
― Karl Malone, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 17:52 (two months ago) Permalink
AFAICT, she hasn't had a top 10 hit anywhere in the world since Homogenic.
― Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 18:08 (two months ago) Permalink
is it to kind of serve as a showcase piece for the album to people who are interested enough to maybe check out a single song posted on a website/blog somewhere before making the commitment of hitting the play button on spotify for the entire album?
This is exactly the sense that I meant, admittedly because I played it at home before the album came out and got a 'can we turn this off?' from my partner, but when I later played the album starting with track #4 it was more like 'this is much better than whatever you played last weekend'.
― change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 18:15 (two months ago) Permalink
I think *for Björk* the 'single' is indeed a showcase. Not just for the album, but for her new look, presence, the story she wants to tell, what she wants to convey. She's perfected doing this throughout the years (whether you're a fan or not).
Her singles dvd (needs updating) shows a magnificent evolution in how her approach of "the single" and "the video" changed. And of course she was ahead of the pack. I'd argue the death of music television as we knew it (mtv playing music videos) liberated her. No longer you "had" to have a video (because you "had" to have a single). Rather, a "single" doesn't have to be the song execs think has the biggest hit potential, but rather it can be a showcase, or a presentation, or a fashion statement, or a statement of intent, or everything rolled into one.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 18:30 (two months ago) Permalink
For this I think 'The Gate', both the "single" and video, is a beautiful thing.
Yet I deal with the same sort of partner Jordan deals with :) Still trying to decide which track on the new one is best to trick her into saying "this is much better". Perhaps I will try 4 the next time.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 18:32 (two months ago) Permalink
i like this album but as with any Bjork album since Volta, I play it a few times and will inevitably never put it on again
― In a slipshod style (Ross), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 21:10 (two months ago) Permalink
finally hearing this album. looooove it! "Arisen My Senses" is so nice and crunchy. really love this arrangement. the harp and detuned string samples over that glitching explosion. so sick! i like the skittering drums, i like drums that click like a ticking bike gear (Cornelius uses this trick a lot, the drum hit being delayed and that delay getting shorter and shorter exponentially, so that hits naturally yet mechanically become a drum roll).
― AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 30 November 2017 01:45 (two months ago) Permalink
i like "Utopia" a lot, it makes me think of gamelan music played with flutes. this really sounds like rainforest music, this album.
― AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 30 November 2017 01:59 (two months ago) Permalink
"Body Memory" this is some serious primal cave person sex music. it is like having sex on mushrooms. zooming into the atomic, cellular rhythms, the pulse of the universe, that god shaped hole.
― AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 30 November 2017 02:12 (two months ago) Permalink
So many lovely moments on 'Utopia'. . . but I don't know if moments sustain it for 70 minutes. I don't think anyone pining for Bjork "songs" is dismissing her more compositional, erudite, playful, non-pop tendencies. I think we just loved how wonderfully she married those tendencies to melodies and song-form where both aspects reinforced the others. For me, after the all-time perfect 10 top-5 records of 'Homogenic,' 'Medulla' is my second favorite--and it's an album dismissed as an experimental gimmick ("all vocals") but that was really her last great collection of songs and melodies.
She seems disinterested enough in melody (rather, just sort of Bjork-note phrasings) and song-form on this newest record that I almost just wish she'd make a full-on experimental, instrumental record along the lines of 'Drawing Restraint' but with her full talents behind it. It makes me sad that someone whose voice has moved me so over so many years, becomes just another piece in a rather busy but too-even mesh. I want to love it--but I agree with Fridgo above: I loved that mix she did instantly, but 'Utopia' I'm afraid will never grow into love for me.
She's still probably my single favorite living musician, so I'll follow her and give everything she does a chance.
This version of "Anchor Song," around 2:35, has literally given me goosebumps hundreds of times. . .
― Soundslike, Thursday, 30 November 2017 02:12 (two months ago) Permalink
i love "Features Creatures" it sounds like Bjork playing a sampling keyboard while singing this awesome song and then clanging a bunch of chimes while messing w echo pedals and the whole time she can still sing amazingly <3 and is this a mellotron going on at the end w the minimalist fumbling note flurry? really lovely lofi playing there. this is so fun to listen to! <3
― AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 30 November 2017 02:18 (two months ago) Permalink
"Losss" is one of the best song titles ever.
the song is pretty cool too (Pink Floyd could have played this on "Ummagumma"). is this more mellotron in here? or real flutes?
― AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 30 November 2017 02:25 (two months ago) Permalink
really loved this album. it feels very healing. very warm. there is a lot of singing and vocals on here, maybe more than since "Medulla" the album that was nothing but vocals. but not just vocals, there are lots of flutes, lots of wind instruments. lots of breath and life. her voice is still really good and sounds as great as did it 25 years ago.
i don't pine for the pop songs of old, she has already done "Big Time Sensuality", she has already done "Hyperballad". that was decades ago. i really love just hearing her sing and play and layer her vocals and whatever sounds that she finds interesting and/or generates with her collaborators.
if i want to hear "Human Behavior" that song and MTV music video will always exist. the music video with the Ren and Stimpy guy will always exist. there is no need for her to try and recapture that pop audience because it is entirely differently from how things were in the 90s.
also it is probably the last thing in the world on her mind for her personally irt her career. i think she enjoys working w the various musicians and doing VR things and art stuff and that is what brings her happiness, not some gold record. thankfully even thought it is 2017 i can't picture Bjork doing American Idol or being featured on a Justin Beiber or Maroon 5 song (Lady Gaga and Bjork collab would probably be super fucking lit tho). she is still doing her thing and it's beautiful. her voice is still amazing and 100% can hit some high notes.
this was a wonderful record to live inside of. it was like being in a healing waterfall located in some laser jungle with holographic insects. it fits the album cover perfectly!
― AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 30 November 2017 03:06 (two months ago) Permalink
i love that bjork always represents her truth on every album. her concerns in life are obviously not the same as when she did her earlier pop hits, and this album really hits on her fears and hopes as a mother, reconciliation of longtime love lost and the joy of a new relationship. I love it as a flipside to Vulnicura.
great posts Adam btw
― In a slipshod style (Ross), Thursday, 30 November 2017 03:23 (two months ago) Permalink
It's a dumb little thing but she does all her own arrangements these days and they are inspired
― flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 30 November 2017 05:28 (two months ago) Permalink
I really love the album, too. Initially I wasn't super impressed by "The Gate" - I like it in the context of the album, makes total sense now, but as a lead single it didn't pack enough oomph for me, I guess (even on her later-period albums the lead singles were pretty cachy e.g. "Earth Intruders" or "Crystalline", so I suppose I was expecting something like that?). "Arisen", "Body Memory" and "Loss" are currently my favourites.
Her flute arrangements are fantastic and really showcase her growth as a composer/arranger over the year. fgti is right, she's been doing her own arrangements totally on her own starting with Medúlla - choirs, strings, brass, now woodwinds. I'm pretty sure last time she had outside help was Vince Mendoza orchestrating some stuff on Vespertine
BTW "Features Creatures" is her singing over Sarah Hopkins' track that she found on some compilation of musicians who create their own instruments.
― ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:10 (two months ago) Permalink
Joining the 'pro' lobby for this LP. And puzzled by the "where are the songs?" complaints when "Saint" exists.
― Jeff W, Thursday, 30 November 2017 14:19 (two months ago) Permalink
i love the arrangements here! this is a very warm record, lots of acoustic sounds, flutes, layrered vocals. still the cool crunchy industrial electronic beats and stuff. she has always loved the industrial esp. "Army of Me" and of course her NIN tattoo.
i really think that breath or wind is a strong element for thing record (Bjork of The Wild). it feels really alive because of that. also it makes me want to go to Iceland so bad and see the lush volcanic super active natural beauty of it all. very refreshing!
― AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:16 (two months ago) Permalink
Tried a handful of times to listen to this since it came out and kept getting distracted/bored. Today for the first time I played it all the way through. I begrudge Bjork absolutely nothing, but I'm just not stimulated by this one. Not feeling any desire to try it again.
― sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:36 (two months ago) Permalink
kind of agree w/others that i think that her voice is always so compelling and she has a great ear for sounds and arrangements but doesn't feel like there's a lot "there" underneath it in terms of songs
― Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:42 (two months ago) Permalink
Still pretty good! But six tracks does me just fine.
― Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:48 (two months ago) Permalink
I haven't listened to this yet but I wonder if the comments about there not being any songs there are tied to her increased tendency to write songs that have overaching structure in terms of verse/chorus/what have you but melodically wander all over the place within those sections. This has been a hallmark of her style since the beginning but it's felt to me that it's become even more pronounced over the past (looks up Medulla's release date) 13 years; it's certainly what kept me from getting into Biophilia for a very long time.
― Embalming is a flirty business (DJP), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:50 (two months ago) Permalink
It seems pretty clear that pop songwriting is not the game she's playing on her last few albums. But since her voice is her main instrument and there are lyrics, the format is uncomfortably similar to, y'know', "songs". But maybe it's better to think of these as electronic tracks with a voice singing words in the lead?
― change display name (Jordan), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:50 (two months ago) Permalink
― Embalming is a flirty business (DJP), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:51 (two months ago) Permalink
I mean, I guess the only reason we keep bringing this up is because she has things like "Hyperballad" and "Come To Me" in her past.
― Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:52 (two months ago) Permalink
btw I'm playing this now and I like "Arisen My Senses" more than anything else I've heard post-Medulla
― Embalming is a flirty business (DJP), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:52 (two months ago) Permalink
― sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, December 1, 2017
my reaction too, as I finish my fourth play
― morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:54 (two months ago) Permalink
If I accept this as the second half of a Nu AmErykah style diptych with Vulnicura, I am 100 percent on board.
― Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:55 (two months ago) Permalink
what if I give you a salted peanut
― morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:56 (two months ago) Permalink
i'm certainly not saying she has to write like 3.5 minute v/c/v/c/bridge/c type songs or anything, not at all
songs can be whatever if they grab and keep my attention i guess
i like the way it sounds tho, it's def possible it will grow on me
― Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:57 (two months ago) Permalink
I think it's going to be best dipping in for a couple tracks at a time, not as a complete listen (it's extremely cohesive, but just...a lot).
― change display name (Jordan), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:58 (two months ago) Permalink
I skipped Vulnicura because of how hard it was for me to get into Biophilia; I am probably going to go back to it as these first two songs are glorious and reminding me why I was obsessed with her in the 90s.
― Embalming is a flirty business (DJP), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:59 (two months ago) Permalink
i like Utopia a lot, and i enjoy her more abstract melodies and structures.
i have to admit, though, that after listening to Utopia yesterday, spotify "radio" kicked in and played "Unison" off of Vespertine and it felt like such a euphoric lift when the slightly more conventional structure kicked in with the beat. the bjork albums of the last several years sometimes hint at the possibility of tapping into pop structures, but always seems to turn away before getting too close. i do miss it, on occasion.
― Karl Malone, Friday, 1 December 2017 18:01 (two months ago) Permalink
My point/observation is more that she's staying pretty close to that type of structure on a macro level but has a adopted a wandering anything-goes approach within those sections, with usually the chorus as the only piece that retains repeated structure in her melody line. This threw up a big barrier for me on Biophilia that I literally only just got through this past year; am finding the musical arrangement on Utopia a lot more engaging overall.
― Embalming is a flirty business (DJP), Friday, 1 December 2017 18:14 (two months ago) Permalink
If you managed to get into Biophilia I'd say you will definitely get into Vulnicura.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 1 December 2017 18:15 (two months ago) Permalink
I get the idea that Bjork is not really going for "songs" in the typical sense. But then again why is everything mostly 3-5 minutes long? Like it's still all presented in a typical album-full-of-songs package. If her real intention is to make some kind of big overarching experience I'd like to see her go all the way and make something that really breaks away from expectations.
― sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 1 December 2017 22:16 (two months ago) Permalink
Originally gave it a grudging duty listen, the last three having mostly left me cold, and I keep coming back to it, and getting into it more. What a pleasant surprise.
― mike t-diva, Friday, 1 December 2017 23:34 (two months ago) Permalink
don't know whether i LOVE it yet or not, but i'm pleasantly tickled by how the arrangements on here seem to refer back to "fourth world musics" tropes. it feels like a nice complement to the visible cloaks album from early this year.
― austinb, Saturday, 2 December 2017 01:18 (two months ago) Permalink
cover art for this album is horrendous
― niels, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:47 (two months ago) Permalink
the first two tracks on this are decent but then it quickly loses me - 75 minutes of Bjork at her densest and most abstract is far too much for me
Vespertine is still my favourite album of hers for the way it successfully bridges her 'pop' side with her then-new more abstract side, especially in the second half.
― ufo, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:52 (two months ago) Permalink
Wow, this serpentwithfeet remix of 'Blissing Me' adds an amazing hook. Would love to hear a longer collab between them.
― change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 December 2017 20:43 (two months ago) Permalink
A couple days ago i listened to this big folder of every bjork b-side up through Vespertine and my god was that a good time
― harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 13 December 2017 20:45 (two months ago) Permalink
i have folder envy
― Karl Malone, Wednesday, 13 December 2017 20:48 (two months ago) Permalink
cool bjork mash
― In a slipshod style (Ross), Friday, 15 December 2017 19:33 (two months ago) Permalink