Best Pop Recording of 2017: Björk – Utopia

Utopia Björk One Little Indian   Björk’s latest album is her longest (clocking in at 72 minutes) and her most daring yet. On past recordings, cadres of female musicians with fierce chops held sway – employing French horns and strings. This time out, a dozen Icelandic flutists are the ensemble of choice. Alongside them isContinue reading “Best Pop Recording of 2017: Björk – Utopia”

Vulnicura Live

Björk Vulnicura Live One Little Indian CD   Björk’s most recent studio album has already received two releases: Vulnicura and the “unplugged version” Vulnicura Strings. Each has their virtues, but Vulnicura Live brings the best aspects of both, darkly hued electronica and sensuous strings respectively, together with singularly emotive performances by the singer. Thus, oneContinue reading “Vulnicura Live”

Holly Herndon: “Platform”

Platform Holly Herndon 4AD/RVNG Intl. Most graduate students spend their time studying for comprehensive exams, giving conference papers, and readying their CV’s for the brutal academic job market. As a doctoral candidate at Stanford University, Holly Herndon is likely doing most or all of these things. But she is also crafting music of intense energyContinue reading “Holly Herndon: “Platform””

Björk sings Tavener

We were saddened to learn of the passing of John Tavener, English composer of concert music based on the Christian Orthodox liturgy. John Tavener composed “Jesus Prayer” specifically for Björk Guðmundsdóttir’s voice. She posted the following message on her website: “John tavener : i feel honoured that i got to know him … and thatContinue reading “Björk sings Tavener”