July 26, 2011

New Music: Bjork's Biophilia

I've now been following Bjork for over a decade. Listening to 2007's Volta, I remember feeling that she was trying to do too much. 2011's Biophilia seems like it could be more focused; then again, it's also been specially designed as an ipod app, and as someone who doesn't have an iphone, I don't really know what this entails.

Her first single, "Crystalline," leaked weeks ago and has reemerged with video treatment by Michel Gondry. Gondry's video collaborations with Bjork are second to none and, in my opinion, "Crystalline" follows suit. Not only is it her best track in years, Gondry taps into the funkadelic pulse of Bjork's rapturous eco-narrative. The result is dazzling and properly ridiculous.

Biophilia is out 9/27 via Nonesuch/One Little Indian

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