Bjork busts out again

When we talked to avant-pop brainiac Bjork for our August 3, 1995, cover story, she had released only two discs.


When we talked to avant-pop brainiac Bjork for our August 3, 1995, cover story, she had released only two discs but had already found her unique voice (page 32 of the issue nowtoronto.com/archive). Two decades and nearly 20 releases later, she’s basking in the glow of her spectacular 2011 Biophilia tour (see NOW’s October 6, 2011, cover story), now on film in the documentary Bjork: Biophilia Live, opening this week. (See review).

Some things haven’t changed. In 1995 she played with a Japanese accordionist and a harpsichord player who also performed on pipe organ. The Biophilia tour featured more alt-collaborators, including Henry Dagg, creator of the sharpsichord (a 2.5-ton automatic acoustic harp) and a team of players operating computers. The vision is still outlandish, but it’s stronger, more potent visually and has an added intellectual heft – Biophilia’s music and images mimic nature’s ebbs and flows – in what is a mesmerizing spectacle.

So what if she was mocked for the swan dress she wore at the 2001 Academy Awards – she was exceptional that year in the Lars von Trier movie Dancer In The Dark.

She is a completely original talent.

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