Who is Bjoerk
She is small and comes from Iceland. But their music is great and of the world.
Björk Gudmundsdottir was born on November 21, 1965 in Reykjavik and grew up in a commune. Although she likes to emphasize that this was not a hippie commune, these impressions leave deep marks in Björk's memory. "Music was played 24 hours a day. I remember there was always people standing by the record player. One record was over and the next was immediately put on."
At the age of five she entered the local music school and took piano and recorder lessons. Six years later, she can no longer restrain her musical expression and released her first album at the age of eleven. The long player, simply titled "Björk", became a hit in Iceland and made her a child star.
Two years later she founded her first band and sacrificed herself to the punk movement. Exodus, Tappi Tikarras and K.U.K.L. she calls her bands and plays with the latter two albums for the label of British punkers Crass. "It was a fundamental conflict between instinct and reason"She judges things from a later point of view.
In 1987 she founded the legendary The Sugarcubes together with Icelandic colleagues. With Björk's extremely special vocals and experimental sounds, her first single, "Birthday", already initiated the cult of the independent post-punkers.
After four albums, the Sugarcubes disbanded in 1992. Björk is increasingly dedicating himself to the British dance / electro scene and, with 808 State, records two tracks for their "Ex: El" album. She quickly gained a foothold in the London scene and met Nellee Hooper, the Soul II soul producer. Together with Talvin Singh, who comes on board for the string arrangements, they are working on Björk's album "Debut", which will be released in 1993. 3.5 million units sold speak for themselves.
"Post" followed in 1995, on which Björk worked alongside her confidants Nellee Hooper and Graham Massey as well as Howie B and Tricky. At the end of 1997 she presented a very unusual and very thoughtful album with "Homogenic". Björk's fragile voice creates its unmistakable ambience between flattering, strange-sounding keyboard and string surfaces, grumbling bass lines and hesitant grooves.
As a result, things get a little quieter around the little Icelander. More and more she withdraws from the public, at least musically. She hopes that the film will provide more anonymity and more distance from the audience. Björk's work with the Danish director Lars von Trier is not always easy either. The press reports of nervous breakdowns and constant arguments.
In "Dancer In The Dark" Björk plays a young woman who goes blind due to a hereditary disease and wants to save her son from the same fate. In her misery, she commits murder and is sentenced to death by hanging. Sentimental topic.
"She's not an actress, she always really felt it all", says von Trier about Björk, who also composes the film music (" Selma Songs "). At the Cannes Film Festival, the film not only garnered applause. The reactions of the critics range from"Just awful" up to "Great art".
In contrast, the audience in Cannes enthusiastically recorded "Dancer In The Dark". The jury then joins this and awards the film the coveted Golden Palm and Björk as the best leading actress. Nevertheless, she is fed up with the film and is looking forward to 'real' music again.
After the controversial "Verspertine", Björk started again in 2002 with the release of a 5-CD box. In addition to two "Best Of" items (one is put together by their fans via an Internet vote), the "Family Tree Box" contains extraordinary pearls. The string quartet interpretations of the Brodsky Quartet mark the climax that breaks the boundaries. Contemporary classical music engages in more than a flirtation with Björk's pop art.
With "Medulla" Björk released an a capella album for the first time in 2004. At her side are renowned vocal artists such as Rahzel, the 'human beatbox' from The Roots, the head voice specialist Tanya Tagaq or the Faith No More front man Mike Patton. The less experimental fans of their music welcome their turn back to danceable sounds with the follow-up album "Volta" in 2007. Once again, Björk makes it clear that expectations are completely wrong with her.
This is followed by a large-scale tour of the album, which takes the eccentric around the globe. In local areas, however, it is rare and only makes its followers happy during an exclusive appearance at the Melt! Festival in 2008.
Björk was already working on new visions and ideas in the autumn of the same year. Together with Damian Taylor, who is not only a member of the band, but also took over the musical direction of the previous tour, the singer gets to work.
The "Volta" successor is supposed to overshadow everything that has come before. Over the next two and a half years, the Taylor / Björk team designed the "Biophilia" project. The two visionaries are not just interested in a new album. "Biophilia" should be a multimedia total work of art.
Apps are created for each individual song that provide the fan with background material, texts and animations. In addition, they have their own website, groundbreaking live visions and a documentary film and turn a new sign of life into a musical revolutionary package.
After this elaborate delicacy, it takes four years until the next studio album. On "Vulnicura" Björk works with dark ambient luminary Haxan Cloak and the producer and IDM musician Arca. The record is not as brittle as its predecessor. Fans of the early Björk especially appreciate songs like the unusually accessible "Stonemilker".
The circumstances surrounding the CD turn out to be less pleasant. Thematically, the Icelander deals with the painful separation from her partner Matthew Barney. Her label tries at times to prevent Björk from exercising full artistic control. In the end, she even had to bring the publication forward by two months due to a leak.
The further events of this important year turn out to be far more gratifying. The Museum Of Modern Art is dedicating a three-month retrospective exhibition to her, covering the entire period from "Debut" to "Biophilia". Towards the end of 2015 she added the purely acoustic "Vulnicura Strings" as a sister record and supplement to "Vulnicura". As a special treat, she serves the historically exotic and rarely used Viola Organista.
For her next album "Utopia" she brings Arca back on board, who produces almost all the tracks. The record is about rediscovered love in a spiritual sense. In the video for the single "The Gate", shot by Andrew Thomas Huang, she wears an open vulva in her chest that houses a glowing orgasm. She symbolizes that she has overcome her inner emptiness and regained her joy of life.
The record marks a new beginning for Björk, who sheds her skin over and over again over the years. Only one thing remains constant with her: If you think you know what she's going to do next ... then this woman is guaranteed to do something completely different.
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