The other week, we were all a bit dismayed to find that Bjork had delayed the release of her newest disc, Biophilia. Today, however, the Icelandic songstress is out with an explanation as to why the album has been pushed back, and, get this, it’s because she’s making it better.
As you may know, Bjork’s latest effort it a multifaceted one: It’s both an album and a suite of apps, instruments and exhibitions that make up the whole Biophilia experience. And, while she’s stoked on the app experience, it seems that she felt that the album itself — the music — needed more. Having heard the disc in an earlier stage, I can say that the effort is no slouch (it’s stellar), so I, for one, am excited to see what more polish will yield.
For any of you who may have been hung up on the “gimmicky” nature of the album, this should serve as some comfort until the work finally drops on October 11. Read Bjork’s full explanation (via her Facebook Page) below:
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
hope you like it
warmth , bjork
biophilia is now released on october 10th
(october 11th north america)
By Brenna Ehrlich