Tag Archives: Björk

Cool video for Tilbury’s Cool Confrontation

Artist: Tilbury | Song: Cool Confrontation

One of last years best Icelandic albums came from Tilbury. Originally founded by Þormóður Dagsson as a solo project in 2010, Tilbury is now a band with members hailing from groups such as Hjaltalín, Valdimar, Sin Fang and Amiina. The album, Northern Comfort, is a beautiful piece of mellow and melancholy synth pop produced by Aron Þ. Arnarsson who has worked with artists like Björk, John Grant, Of Monsters and Men, Gus Gus and The Brian Jonestown Massacre just to name a few.

Now designer Sölvi Dúnn Snæbjörnsson has done a video for the song Cool Confrontation, taken from the album, where an strange animated version of the band performs.

Björk on Display at MOMA

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The Museum Of Modern Art in New York has officially announced a retrospective exhibition dedicated entirely to Björk and her multifaceted musical career and collaborations. The exhibition, titled simply Björk will open in March 2015 and be on display for three months. Incorporated into the exhibition will be elements spanning Björk’s entire 20-year solo career, including costumes, performances, instruments and more. It will also highlight her many artistic collaborators over the years. Working with longtime friend and ally Sjón, Björk has written a new narrative thread that will tie together all her work in a way never seen before and include a brand new audio/visual piece created by Björk, Andrew Huang and Autodesk. Moreover Björk’s Biophilia app will be the first project of its kind to be added to the museum’s permanent collection.

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Björk is “found object” on new hip hop album

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Artist: Death Grips | Album: Niggas on the Moon 

The experimental rap group Death Grips from California have released an entire new record featuring Björk on all eight tracks. Her voice seems to be sampled and mostly provides color to the background. We must admit though, that this isn’t our cup of tea. The whole thing sounds messy, like the band is playing two hip hop tracks at the same time. Confusing, dark and nightmarish. But who knows, maybe it grows after a few more listenings.

Niggas on the Moon came out of the blue and is apparently the first half of a double album. Björk has previously collaborated with the group for Bibliophilia remixes and she confirms her involvement in this project on her Facebook page:

“i am proud to announce my vocals landed on the new death grips album ! i adore death grips and i am thrilled to be their “found object” ! i have been lucky enough to hang and exchange music loves w/ them and witness them grow !! epic : onwards !!”

The second half of the record, jenny death, will be released later this year. Death Grips embark on a US tour with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden in July. Listen to part one below, or download it here.

A sparkling collection of live brilliance

There’s nothing like experiencing music in concert. The relationship between you, a band, and a song are finally at the most intimate, whether you’re in the corner of a bar or on the muddy fields of festival. Join Icytopics as we look at three brilliant live performances that came out on YouTube this week.

The impact of this performance of Jóga by Agent Fresco’s Arnór Dan Arnarson is breathtaking. A classic song from the Björk catalogue with beautiful instrumentation and a voice in top form. Recorded with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra last year.

And here’s a brand new version of King and Lionheart that Of Monsters and Men did live at the Stopp – Let’s Protect the Park fundraiser in Reykjavík in March. Toned down, fragile, intimate.

And finally: Eivør, a songwriter from the Faroe Islands (but she has lived in Iceland for a couple of years!) with a little gem we couldn’t resist; An acoustic live recording of True love, performed under a weeping willow in Hannover for LaMosiqa One Shot Sessions.

Björk documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival

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Artist: Björk | Film: Björk: Biophilia Live

Biophilia is Björk’s most ambitious project to date. At the release in 2011 she revealed that Biophilia would consist of “a studio album, apps, a new website, custom-made musical instruments, live shows and educational workshops”. Not to mention a documentary film. Which now, three years later, is ready for release.

Björk: Biophilia Live will premiere on april 26 at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The film was directed and edited by Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton, and was shot during Björk’s Biophilia show at Alexandra Palace in London.

In the meantime we just have to settle with this brilliant live performance of Cosmogony from Later with Jools Holland.

Björk, Lykke Li and Patti Smith sing for nature

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Artist: Various | Event: Stopp Gætum garðsins

Yesterday singer Björk together with a group of artists demanded that a nature conservation bill that was passed last year and was supposed to take effect in April, should be realized. This was brought forward at a press conference for a benefit concert, where among others Lykke Li and Patti Smith will perform.

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Stopp! Let’s protect the Park is a common project by Darren Aronofsky, Bjork, Iceland Nature Conservation Association and Landvernd, Icelandic Environment Association. The artists who will perform at the concert are the Highlands, Patti Smith, Of Monsters and Men, Samaris, Retro Stefson, Björk, Mammút and Lykke Li.

In the afternoon of Tuesday, March 18, the film Noah will have a premier and later in the evening there will be a big concert where musicians will perform in support for conservation of Icelandic nature.

The film Noah was shot in Iceland in the summer of 2012 and the producers took great care not to cause any damage to the nature of Iceland. All artists will donate their work and the net income will be donated to INCA and Landvernd.

Link to manifesto for the concert.