“I think everyone’s bisexual to some degree or another; it’s just a question of whether or not you choose to recognise it and embrace it. Personally, I think choosing between men and women is like choosing between cake and ice cream. You’d be daft not to try both when there are so many different flavours.”— BjörkGuðmundsdóttir (via cystic)
Björk announced Ultimate Edition and Manual Edition Disc 2 Tracklist
the bonus disc that comes with the manual edition of biophilia will be a collection of songs recorded live at björk’s residency in manchester earlier this year.
this cd is exclusive to the manual edition and ultimate art edition box set. both of these editions are now sold out.
live in manchester - manual cd 2 track list:
1. thunderbolt 2. moon 3. crystalline 4. hollow 5. dark matter 6. hidden place 7. mouths cradle 8. virus 9. sonnets 10. where is the line 11. mutual core 12. cosmogony 13. solstice 14. one day 15. náttúra
Biophilia is an amazing body of work. For everyone who didn’t like it, I really suggest you listen to it again. All of the songs have grown on me since my first listen (especially Hollow, Sacrifice and Solstice which I didn’t like at first). Virus is definitely one of her best songs to date. The only thing I don’t really like is the track listing, but I seem to be the only one who cares about that.
I listened to Biophilia. It was really good. I usually don’t like albums very much upon the first listen, and that was sort of the case with this. I liked the first half a lot more than I liked the second half, with the exception of Virus (which is probably what I’d consider to be the best song of the year). I’m sure it’ll grow on me a whole lot, and I can definitely say that it’s a lot better than Volta.
i would like to explain why my album is coming out later than was first intended
after humongous and fun adventurous work with the app builders we handed in the music for the app box last may i felt sonically it fitted that underworld of apps and virtual reality like a glove , kinda acoustic and clean with a slick dark sub but somehow the cd needed more blood and muscles , oxygen and stuff
i felt the album had different kinda growth potential than the app box and it is important to follow those hunches even though they are slippery and you don’t know sometimes where they are taking you
i played biophilia for few weeks in manchester and some of the songs grew while playing them live and i decided to add some of this into the album , i ended up even using a live recording of one of the songs on the album . take my hunch the whole distance but in order to do that i had to put the album back a bit
my friend , the incredibly talented music maker leila arab came to iceland with no notice and added some sonic sculpting , especially to the bottom end and the great talented mastering engineer mandy parnell came over as well and helped me give the whole thing more warmth and flesh somehow
i am really happy i did this , seems like biophilia the album has a body
leila also introduced me to “current value” who now has put a new beat into one of the songs
and as I read in an interview with her, there will be an application for PCs too (a software in the album CD I guess). Just saying!
I don’t remember reading this, but I do remember her saying that she hopes that “hackers” get a hold of the apps’ software and convert them so they work on other tablets, mobile devices and I suppose computers as well.
I'm hoping Biophilia will be amazing, but I'm worried it'll be a misunderstood album, or an under-rated one, like Medulla. Plus, since we don't all have money for iPads, we can't all experience her concept fully! Also, I think some of us are awaiting another concept like Vespertine. There were so many b-sides!! I think it was her more personal songs that made her work so brilliant. And to be honest, her lyrics so far, however metaphoric they can be in Biophilia, are a bit un-inventive.
I read an interview a few hours ago that compared Biophilia to Vespertine. Not just on the sound, but on the level of intimacy as well.
I don’t think it will be misunderstood, seeing as she hasn’t released music in four years AND she’s doing the whole app thing. Not to mention the residency tour. All this hype probably won’t leave it underrated.
I think the concept for this album will be very specific to each of the songs, which leads me to believe that there won’t be any b-sides. It seems like Bjork’s put too much work into each of these tracks for her to have one that was good enough to record, but not good enough for the album or an app.
Vespertine is my favourite Bjork album, though, and to be honest, I don’t think Biophilia will be as good. I have hope, though. But based off of Crystalline and Cosmogony, though there is potential, I will be amazed if the rest of the songs can work with them to create a near-perfect album. Actually, typing this and thinking about it, I do see a lot of potential for Biophilia to be amazing.
I haven’t listened to Moon or Virus yet as I don’t want to spoil the album as a whole, but I’ve read the lyrics to Virus and they were beautiful. I can’t wait to hear the track and how they work with the music. Lyrically, Cosmogony felt strange, but I think that’s because it’s more of a narrative piece, which Bjork usually doesn’t do. Crystalline’s lyrics are (to me) just on par with most of Bjork’s other work.
No reason has been given for the delay of the record, but I will post one as soon as I find out! (I’m beginning to speculate that it might have to do with the One Little Indian stock fires from the London Riots, but I doubt that)