POLL Neon Like -- ILM artist poll #88 -- BJÖRK (voting open until April 27, 2018)

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oh wait but “arisen my senses” is amazing. it’s like björk’s sade song

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 20 April 2018 02:37 (four months ago) Permalink

I know it's a new fan fave, and I keep waiting for it to open up for me, but it just hasn't.

Uppercase (Eric H.), Friday, 20 April 2018 02:38 (four months ago) Permalink

Ballot sent! Was definitely in danger of overthinking it if I took any longer...

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 20 April 2018 09:48 (four months ago) Permalink

I really love the consistency and the progression of her album covers. All with her face and all without words.

https://i.imgur.com/T52DavH.jpg

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 20 April 2018 11:24 (four months ago) Permalink

Medulla does have the title on it actually - the necklace. I think Post, Vespertine and Biophilia have my favourite covers

ufo, Friday, 20 April 2018 11:34 (four months ago) Permalink

Ha weird

I never knew what the Biophilia cover looked like until this moment

nevertheless, he stopped (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 20 April 2018 11:52 (four months ago) Permalink

How many ballots so far, you ask? Eight, the answer.

Don't make me wait 5 years!

Uppercase (Eric H.), Friday, 20 April 2018 14:20 (four months ago) Permalink

hey I got a whole week, I haven't even started listening!

sleeve, Friday, 20 April 2018 14:21 (four months ago) Permalink

Same as Sleeve! You'll probably get mine a minute before (or after) the deadline, as per usual.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 20 April 2018 14:22 (four months ago) Permalink

i'll send mine now! i was gonna try to do remixes but there's just too much!

challops trap house (Will M.), Friday, 20 April 2018 14:41 (four months ago) Permalink

i'll definitely have one as well, just deciding on the order!

Karl Malone, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:36 (four months ago) Permalink

I am 20 tracks right now without delving into the post-millennial era (where my relationship with Björk gets iffy).

Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Friday, 20 April 2018 15:41 (four months ago) Permalink

Think I should send in my ballot too. I wanted to relisten to stuff I'm less familiar with but I think no matter how many listens I give Biophilia, nothing on there is ever gonna click with me. Did find a few new excellent B-sides in researching for this poll though

Vinnie, Friday, 20 April 2018 16:25 (four months ago) Permalink

"oceania" is like the patient zero of björk videos where she just wears weird shit on her face/head in roomfuls of cgi

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 20 April 2018 17:44 (four months ago) Permalink

I like "Earth Intruders"!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 April 2018 17:46 (four months ago) Permalink

(apropos of nothing except some nay-saying above)

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 April 2018 17:46 (four months ago) Permalink

"Earth Intruders" is B+ Bjork, to use an Alfred-ism

Uppercase (Eric H.), Friday, 20 April 2018 18:00 (four months ago) Permalink

also as mentioned earth intruders liberally cribs a section of wendy carlos 'c'est afrique'

utopia is a great record. it's one you can live in, staunchly enviornmental/atmospheric.

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Friday, 20 April 2018 20:46 (four months ago) Permalink

I love environmental/atmospheric records. But for some reason it's the almost-song-but-not-ness of 'Utopia' that keeps me outside looking in. It could portentially be amazing if Bjork wanted to do instrumental-textural-ambient-etc. records, though her voice would be missed. But when she sings without meter and melody, with sort of auto-Bjork-isms that hint at previous melodies without cohering into melody--it just fundamentally fruatrates me. I feel like the track she did for the closong credits of 'Being John Malkovic' presaged that strand that has made up half her work post-Medulla.

Soundslike, Friday, 20 April 2018 20:52 (four months ago) Permalink

^I definitely can see this point of view. It is sort of an environmental/atmospheric record, but not quite. I think it functions as mood music for me - my favorite kind of music! Every time I listen it feels slightly different

Dan S, Friday, 20 April 2018 21:21 (four months ago) Permalink

just read Ross's post, I guess what I meant in mine by 'environmental/atmospheric' was more 'ambient', but I like his description.

Dan S, Friday, 20 April 2018 21:27 (four months ago) Permalink

third attempt with utopia and "arisen my senses" is going on my ballot, it makes me believe i have synesthesia

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 20 April 2018 22:14 (four months ago) Permalink

successive blushes each a different color

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 20 April 2018 22:15 (four months ago) Permalink

it really is a beautiful introduction

Dan S, Friday, 20 April 2018 22:31 (four months ago) Permalink

first track on utopia barges out the gate, big and bold, love it.

tabula rasa almost brings me to tears

cheers to Dan

oh wow soundslike the track from BJM amphibian is seriously fucking amazing. i hate to say the weakest link on her new records is her voice, ever dove-tailing into the ether, rarely to coalesce into some meaningful melody.

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Friday, 20 April 2018 22:32 (four months ago) Permalink

“amphibian” is maybe the best björk song

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 20 April 2018 22:50 (four months ago) Permalink

Holy tuck is it good

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:40 (three months ago) Permalink

hey I got a whole week, I haven't even started listening!

― sleeve, Friday, April 20, 2018 9:21 AM (ten hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

same, fam

21st savagery fox (m bison), Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:54 (three months ago) Permalink

Now "Future Forever" insists on reminding me of its loveliness just to make things difficult. There are far too many casually excellent Björk songs. I have to confess that while I have most of the records on hand and am pro-Björk in principle, I wasn't initially sure I could name 30 tracks I really truly care about at this stage. Boy is my face red!

Maximum big surprise! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Saturday, 21 April 2018 01:19 (three months ago) Permalink

every time i'm about to give up on utopia "tabula rasa" starts and i'm mesmerized until the end. "saint" and "future forever" in particular

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 15:29 (three months ago) Permalink

ballot sent

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 16:06 (three months ago) Permalink

lmao i want to change things already, is it possible to resubmit

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 16:44 (three months ago) Permalink

i am finally in the right mood for vespertine! and it is the best album in the world

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 16:54 (three months ago) Permalink

Absolutely accepting revisions until the poll closes. Especially if they involve additions of “Its Not Up To You.”

Uppercase (Eric H.), Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:33 (three months ago) Permalink

hmmmmmmMMMMM

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:35 (three months ago) Permalink

it's great how i'm obsessed with biophilia now

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:48 (three months ago) Permalink

i already liked vespertine quite a bit before this poll, but it's risen up into my top tier, now. Hidden Place through Aurora is such a sustained, strong start to an album, it's ridiculous.

Karl Malone, Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:54 (three months ago) Permalink

“An echo, a stain” is a gear shift, but it too is an astonishment.

Uppercase (Eric H.), Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:57 (three months ago) Permalink

it is a perfect album start to finish

21st savagery fox (m bison), Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:58 (three months ago) Permalink

relistening for the first time in a while, i honestly can't tell if the chorus melody of "unison" is interpolating something or just sounds so classic that i forgot it came from a bjork song

lowercase (eric), Saturday, 21 April 2018 20:23 (three months ago) Permalink

not that bjork doesn't have classic melodies but like, in the "this has been around for centuries" kinda way

lowercase (eric), Saturday, 21 April 2018 20:23 (three months ago) Permalink

Vespertine feels like a pivot moment for me, you can see both everything she has done up to that point and everything she will do afterwards - although of course you could also make a case for 'Homogenic' or 'Medulla' in that regard.

IIRC "Sun In My Mouth" is the first time a song on one of her albums feels really unstructured (rather than apparently so but not - e.g. "Headphones" or "All Is Full Of Love").

Without checking, I get the sense that every album thereafter devoted a larger and larger proportion to that approach, although arguably Utopia turns the corner on that. (this is not to say the albums necessarily get worse and worse - i.e. the worst songs on Volta are certainly "structured").

Tim F, Saturday, 21 April 2018 23:58 (three months ago) Permalink

I dunno, "Sun in my Mouth" feels pretty solid to me.

Uppercase (Eric H.), Sunday, 22 April 2018 01:00 (three months ago) Permalink

Compared to much of what follows, sure.

Tim F, Sunday, 22 April 2018 01:29 (three months ago) Permalink

I get the point, it doesn’t seem like there is single repeated melodic phrase on Sun in my Mouth.

every track on Vespertine feels like a classic, it really is an amazing album

Dan S, Sunday, 22 April 2018 01:37 (three months ago) Permalink

Hey brad, Tabula rasa is great

Like something off the score of Hitchcock’s vertigo

disarming

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Sunday, 22 April 2018 02:17 (three months ago) Permalink

Tabula Rasa is definitely one of the best Bjork songs

Dan S, Sunday, 22 April 2018 02:51 (three months ago) Permalink

I may end up shortlisting this on my remix ballot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RJe4j6J4vU

Uppercase (Eric H.), Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:58 (three months ago) Permalink

I don't know if that "remix" is working for me, but a Bjork Erykah collaboration could be amazing...

Soundslike, Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:32 (three months ago) Permalink

Mostly I dig the way the "Play Dead" strings work off the chorus from "Cleva."

Uppercase (Eric H.), Sunday, 22 April 2018 20:01 (three months ago) Permalink


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