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Bjork: Birthing Biophilia

The first time I fell for Bjork was in the 9th grade. She had just released her second album (Post) and the sounds of “It’s Oh So Quiet” were everywhere. I enjoyed the album but quickly forgot it as my obsession for rap overpowered her break between recordings. It wasn’t until the release of her sixth album (Volta) that I finally rediscovered her. The album was so impressive that I was inspired to enjoy the remainder of her catalog, including her work with the Sugarcubes.

Bjork became my favorite artist during this time, and seeing her in concert at Toronto’s Virgin Fest was the nail in that coffin. The woman is an absolute godsend in my eyes; a musical mastermind. After four years she is finally back and ready to release her latest work, Biophilia.

The album is the first app based venture in Apple history. Meaning, the album itself has already been released as a “mother app” with each additional song being released as supporting apps. Though the album will be released in CD format on September 27th, those with touch screen Mac devices are already able to enjoy three of the albums ten tracks.

With an amazing music video already out for the lead single (Crystalline) there is no question that this album is going to be amazing. Thus, to help you see why I would like to include a brief synopsis of the work, as well as some accompanying links.

The other day CBC released an in depth article chronicling the purpose and progress of Biophilia (HERE). Regarding its name the author states “The title of the album comes from a term coined by biologist E.O. Wilson to describe an affinity between humans and the rest of the natural world, and the songs explore everything from the way in which the movement of tectonic plates relates to human interactions to the origins of the universe.” Bjork displays this in part through the app based aspect of the album. For example, the third single “Virus” is a game played to unlock the song. The game, “explores the relationship between biological virus as part musical instrument, part sonic artwork, and part scientifically informed educational animation.” It’s innovative to say the least, and the creators promise that each app will be equally as unique and expansive.

She’s also been working with National Geographic, so it seems the sky is the limit. She’s a wonder, and after this CD releases I plan on covering my experience with it herein. In the meantime enjoy the video below, as well as these links to a song and an app in action: Cosmogony & Virus.


  • Chris Elliott

    Hmmmm. I have to say, I’m impressed with this. She has an extremely iconic voice. There’s definitely a reason that a strange Icelandic woman has this much international influence. Not my thing at all, but this song/video that you posted provides me with enough curiosity to look into her work more. Thank you for this sir. 

    • Anonymous

      As you break from rap to enjoy the folk work of Paul Simon, this is my own adventure. I’ve never come across an artist’s work as grand in vision and as incredible in execution. She continues to grow and improve beyond what anyone could have imagined. Glad you went through this as it is definitely not your style at all. Appreciated. With her return I fear no rap album has a chance to take the crown of album of the year. Can’t wait until the 27th to buy this. 

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