Björk Gave First Her TV Performance in 8 Years Last Night

Icelandic goddess Björk had her first live television appearance in eight years last night, Pitchfork reports, on the most recent episode of BBC’s Later… With Jools Holland – performing a pair of her own favorite tracks.

She arrived with a squadron of flautists and first gave a rendition of “Courtship,” off her latest album Utopia. She then reached back to her classic “The Anchor Song,” from 1993’s Debut. 

Björk will also release a remix EP, Arisen My Senses, this Friday on “slug genitalia-colored” vinyl. As well, she was recently the subject of a nonfiction film series about her and Jesse Kanda, produced by WeTransfer.

As always, an unstoppable creative force.

 

 

Björk’s Breathtaking ‘Utopia’ Video Has Given Us Vertigo

 

Björk’s video for “Utopia,” out today, is as insane and visually gorgeous as you’d expect from the Icelandic musical goddess. It also made me really dizzy and even slightly nauseous from sensory overload, in the best of ways.

It’s for the title track of her new album, and brings her to a fleshy pink, floating oasis, where the she plays a flute and is surrounded by other ethereal flute players. The visuals and audio combined provide something the likes of which has never really been seen before, and which takes a couple of viewings to settle into and to begin to pretend to understand.

“Utopia” follows her videos for “Blissing Me” and “The Gate.” It was directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones. Take a look below.

 

Björk’s New Album Art Has Literally Saved 2017

 

Do not panic, but Björk’s new album art is here; and naturally, there is a pearl-encrusted vagina on her face, nostrils in her neck, as well as bug-like blue eyes and feathery blue hair present in the image. To be clear, she also wears a mucous-y purple poncho of sorts and wields a flute.

In an Instagram post earlier today, the Icelandic goddess announced her new record, Utopia, would be here at the end of November (the 24th), writing:

“I am so overwhelmingly humble while announcing my album Utopia is coming out end of Nov. I can´t wait for you to hear it. This is the cover made by the warm extraordinarily talented @truekanda and was assisted by me, @james.t.merry and @isshehungry. Thank you for telepathically getting me!! Over the moon and Jupiter gratitudes to magical @arca1000000 for making the music of this album with me: what a profound and nourishing trip this has been!!! Thousandfold appreciation and headbowing. Hope you like it, warmth, Björk.”

Take a look at the album art below.

 

 

While you wait for Utopia, check out her first video off the LP, for “The Gate,” below.

 

Björk Opens Up About Director Who Harassed Her in Wake of Weinstein Allegations

 

Following the numerous allegations of sexual assault against film exec Harvey Weinstein, Björk has come out with her own account of misogyny and harassment in the movie industry.

“I am inspired by the women everywhere who are speaking up online to tell about my experience with a Danish director,” she wrote on Facebook. “Because I come from a country that is one of the world’s place closest to equality between the sexes, and at the time I came from a position of strength in the music world with hard earned independence; it was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actress’ profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it.”

She continues to explain that after confronting the unnamed director about his behavior, he began to treat other actresses with more respect:

“I became aware of that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it. When I turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one. Because of my strength, my great team and because I had nothing to lose having no ambitions in the acting world, I walked away from it and recovered in a year’s time. I am worried though that other actresses working with the same man did not. The director was fully aware of this game and I am sure that the film he made after was based on his experiences with me. Because I was the first one that stood up to him and didn’t let him get away with it. And in my opinion he had a more fair and meaningful relationship with his actresses after my confrontation. so there is hope. Let’s hope this statement supports the actresses and actors all over.”

Björk hasn’t done many movies, but she starred in Lars Von Trier’s 2000 film Dancer in the Dark. She’s also worked with directors Robert Altman, Nietzchka Keene and Kristín Jóhannesdóttir.

Björk’s ‘Notget’ Film Is a Luminous Spectacle

Today Björk has premiered the new music video for her song “Notget” on Creators. You may recall that she’s previously released a virtual reality experience for the track, and while this new project does not include a VR component, it’s anything but Earthly.

Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, frequent collaborators of the Icelandic visionary, directed the project, with the two masks present in the video designed by James Merry.

The “Notget” video is composed of two parts: first, Björk is seen in a black-and-white world, wearing a dress and mask that’s very jungle-gym-meets-large-moth. As we get closer on Björk’s face, some black bacterial organisms appear to beging growing and multiplying out of her flesh. Fun, sensible, and sophisticated.

“It’s bruised, dark, ominous, and mysterious, and it’s a play on the future and the past with mineralistic elements,” Du Preez told Creators of the video’s first half. “We made the decision to submerge it into almost what we almost call an inner earth or into a place that could house that decay and bruising.”

The second section of the video involves a bright, luminescent mask that combines Fruit Roll-up vibes with glowsticks to create a dazzling visual spectacle of light. According to the video’s creators, the transition from darkness to light is a key component of what the film is communicating. “Björk definitely wanted more of a claustrophobic, confined environment, and to then be able to switch that up,” Thornton Jones said to Creators. “The switch to elation was very much driven by how she wants to see things.”

Take a look below:

Björk’s Social Media Advice Will Cure Your Anxiety

These are stressful times—everyone’s in agreement. There’s obviously Trump and the endless political turmoil surrounding LGBTQ rights. Then there’s the threat of world war, climate change, the impending apocalypse, robot takeover and social media universally destroying our ability to function in the real world.

Thankfully, if there’s one person who could supply sound wisdom about how to calm these days, it’s our Goddess Björk. And as luck would have it, she just dropped some great advice on us all during her recent Pitchfork interview.

“I try to look at [technology] as just as a tool,” she said. “We’ve always had tools. We discovered how to work with fire, we made the first knife. The nuclear bomb comes and everybody’s like, ‘Oh, well, we could actually kill everybody.’ We had to go through the morality of it. And so we have to react to that [with technology].”

But what about the crippling fear of social media ruining our lives, Björk?

“I definitely do get anxious about it, but because I’m anxious about it, I try to come up with solutions. It’s here: I’m not going to just put bananas in my ears and wait for it to go away,” she said.

Okay. But the planet is dying and we’re all going down with it.

“I feel guilty that I’m not just living in Iceland full-time, living on totally green energy and growing all my own vegetables. That’s what we all should be doing. But I think the way to overcome environmental problems is with technology. What else are we going to use—sticks?”

So what do I do if I realize I’ve been sitting on Facebook the past 5 hours?

“You can be on Facebook for a long time, and then you get a feeling in your body like you’ve had three hamburgers. You know it’s trash. I always advise my friends: just go for a walk for an hour and come back and see how you feel then. I think we’re meant to be outdoors. I was brought up in Iceland, and even if it was snowing or raining, I would be outdoors all day.”

And then here’s just some of the best advice we’ve ever read:

“Entertain yourself. Do shit. I think we need to put humanity into technology—the soul. It’s about using technology to get closer to people, to be more creative.”

Björk, Sleater-Kinney, Mary J. Blige, and More Join Artists Collaborating to Benefit Planned Parenthood

We’ve previously reported that artists including St. Vincent, Kristen Stewart, John Legend, Zach Galifianakis, and CHVRCHES would be joining forces to create music and projects benefitting Planned Parenthood in these troubled political times. But since then, the roster of talent stepping up to defend the women’s rights organization has grown immensely.

A collection of singles titled “7-Inches for Planned Parenthood,” organized by the 7-Inches Collective, is now slated to feature work from musicians and comedians including but not limited to Björk, Bon Iver, Sleater-Kinney, Foo Fighters, Margaret Atwood (author of The Handmaid’s Tale), Mary J. Blige, Matt Berninger and Bryce Dessner of the National, Elliott Smith, Common, Feist, Jenny Slate, Janeane Garofalo, Laurie Anderson, Jon Brion, Mitski, Nico Muhly, Margaret Cho, Pete Holmes, Sharon Van Etten, Tig Notaro, Shepard Fairey, and more.

“Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood,” said 7-Inches in a Facebook post. “If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings.”

They continued: “7-inches for Planned Parenthood is a response to this threat. This curated series of 7-inch vinyl records is being made by a group of people who believe that access to health care is a public good that should be fiercely protected.”

Take a look at the full list of artists involved below.

Watch Björk Rip Open a TV in this Bizarre 1988 Interview

Björk is the undisputed Queen of Bizarre, allegedly hailing from Iceland, though more realistically was planted in the earth’s soil by a pack of aliens plotting to infiltrate mankind with the singer’s left-field ideologies and captivating, whispery voice.

In a 1988 interview, the Sugarcubes member justified her oddball reputation by opening a television and explaining the internal mechanics—of course, Björk does so without any expertise, instead comparing the TV’s insides to a metropolitan city. What else would you expect from our peculiar pop star?

She continues, discussing how a poet made her fear watching television until she decided to pick up a Danish book and learn “the truth.” Offering the ultimate mic drop closure, Björk wraps things up, urging viewers to absorb science and saying, “You shouldn’t let poets lie to you.” Watch the amazing clip, below: 

 

Björk Releases Virtual Reality ‘Stonemilker’ App

Earlier this year, Björk shared the visual for her heart-wrenching Vulnicura cut “Stonemilker,” offering viewers an immersive 360-degree glimpse into the singer’s Iceland native. The video, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, strengthened Björk’s career-long expedition to build a bridge between music and technology, establishing a new standard for her pop contemporaries.

Today, the 50-year-old visionary pushed “Stonemilker” even further into the future, releasing a new app for iOS that allows you to explore the clip through a virtual reality headset. Leave it to Björk to add balance to a Monday struck with the horrifying news of a Kim Kardashian “Kimoji” app.

Watch the original video, below, and purchase Björk’s progressive “Stonemilker” app, here.