Ok. Time to be open with all of you. I am a Bjork groupie. I fell for her when I first heard Sugarcubes’ song “Birthday” back in the early 90’s. I don’t know what it is. It could be her elf-like appearance, her icey but comforting voice, the fact that she is from one of the most interesting places on earth – Iceland. Who knows. You know what I am not alone….
The guys over at the music blog Stereogum just released “A Tribute to Bjork’s Post” 12 covers of Bjork’s sophmore album. One of the most beautiful albums released in the last 20 years. And you know what it is free. Yep free. Two of some of my favorite things: Bjork & free. At first I thought it was some April Fool’s joke and the download would be some ad for Viagra. Nope it is nothing but goodness, sweet goodness.
The Bjork Tribute album includes covers from Liars, Dirty Projectors, High Places, Bell, Pattern Is Movement, Evangelicals, Xiu Xiu, Final Fantasy & Ed Droste, White Hinterland, El Guincho, and Atlas Sound. Check some of the liner notes.
From the essay: A Post on Post(from Stereogum)
Bjrk launched Post‘s kaleidoscopic mix of electronic and dance music, her inimitable voice, and fantastical, personal lyrics into a very different, almost alien post-grunge landscape. In 1995 Bush (the band) released Sixteen Stone, Slash’s Snakepit debuted with It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Tommy Lee married Pamela Anderson for the first time, and Shannon Hoon died of a drug overdose. Elsewhere, Alanis brought us her Jagged Little Pill and the Pumpkins put out their vast double album, Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. (Also, remember the ubiquitous Beatles Anthology?) ….
While Bjrk continues sailing, searching out newer sounds, take a listen to how a dozen of our favorite artists — many of them bands we’ve told you To Watch in the last year — tackled her older ones. Liars deconstruct “Army Of Me” and up its distorted fuzz. No Age remove “It’s Oh So Quiet”‘s choruses and big band, turning it into a melancholic Jesus & Mary Chain-tinged love song. El Guincho whittles “Cover Me” into pure rhythm with dark, spiraling, waterlogged loops and a steady snare hit…
Here is a little sampling of the album. You can grab the full one here.
Dirty Projectors – “Hyperballad”
Bell – “It’s Oh So Quiet”
Xiu Xiu – “Isobel”
White Hinterland – “I Miss You”
Also check out the newest video from Bjork’s album Volta. It is for the song Wanderlust, and I have to say it is one of the most visually stunning video in a long time.