Thursday, September 09, 2004

Björk's Heart

   In Björk's new album Medúlla musical instruments have been, for the most part, eliminated, and replaced by sounds of human voices. This brings a very strong sense of the "organic" to these tunes, even when the voices have been sampled, altered and programmed.

   I have learned long ago not to judge her work on first listen. These compositions are carefully constructed in accordance with some internal logic, on both musical and spiritual levels. Careful consideration will bring great rewards - for the open-minded.
Innumerable love songs have been written with the heart as a central metaphor. Indeed, the heart as a symbol of life, of being, has been used in the arts since the ancients. Nowhere (that I'm aware of) has a song been written as a paean to the heart as a biological organ. The climax of the album is the track Triumph of a Heart in which Björk's muse turns literally inward, in a biological sense. Circulation, respiration and elimination are dealt with in a clinical, yet "joyful" way.

   If you haven't yet gotten into this artist's work, this might not be the place to start. But for those willing to to explore, this is uncharted territory.

By Professor Batty



2 Comments:

Blogger Queenie said...

It just comes down to the fact that sge allows herself to feel whatever she is in the moment and does not feel guilty for it.
Look what she creates because of it.
The woman is brilliant.

Q


Blogger Professor Batty said...

Perhaps beyond brilliant? She soars in the loftiest realms, yet is deeply in touch with her primordial nature - is there anyone even approaching what she does?

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