New Release Review: Björk – Biophilia

Björk has just released studio album #8 – A milestone for any recording artist. Her latest, Biophilia, is the most representative of her Björkness.

If the tone of the album were more whimsical, this body of work could potentially translate into self-satire. However, using the intersection of science, music, technology, and emotion, Björk manages to transport the listener to a peaceful, serene dimension, with sonic packets of energy and friction.

In true Björk fashion, the full experience of the album is realized through a series of iPad apps that assign each of the album’s 10 songs bonus materials that includes games, essays, unique instruments and animated song maps.

Some of our favorites on this album include:

“Dark Matter”. A stripped-down, minimalist version of Björk’s vocals morphed into beautifully haunting melodies.

“Hollow”. This song is somewhat sonically schizophrenic sounding gem that bounces in tempo and mood.

“Crystalline”. An explosive song with long beats of dormancy.

“Sacrifice”. Is a multi-layered song with surprising groove.

This is the most acoustically dominated Björk album to date. Her move away from hooks and song-writing convention is an expected step for an artist known for forward-thinking.

Despite the uniqueness of her Björkness, Björk is very much a pop artist. Nonetheless, Biophilia is her least pop-oriented album. The apps willcertainly unlock her artistry and provide another medium to experience her sonic canvasses.

Preview Moon from Biophilia. Tell which two mega-recording artists she resembles.


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