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    Tis the season for Bjork albums again -- winter is great for Homogenic/Vespertine, and springtime for Post/Debut. Time to update itunes on my phone!

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    Took this pic on the plane today. Nice to see Bjork featured!

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    American soprano Renée Fleming has released an album called Distant Light which includes four Björk songs, Virus, Joga, All Is Full of Love and Undo. I haven't had lots of time to listen but AIFOL and Undo sound pretty gorgeous. It's great that a top-tier classical musician is crossing these genres over - there are plenty of ways that Björk's music verges into the contemporary classical genre and I'm sure Björk herself has had an influence on at least a handful of contemporary classical composers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spyk_ View Post
    American soprano Renée Fleming has released an album called Distant Light which includes four Björk songs, Virus, Joga, All Is Full of Love and Undo. I haven't had lots of time to listen but AIFOL and Undo sound pretty gorgeous. It's great that a top-tier classical musician is crossing these genres over - there are plenty of ways that Björk's music verges into the contemporary classical genre and I'm sure Björk herself has had an influence on at least a handful of contemporary classical composers.
    That's totally awesome. Would love to hear her version of Undo!

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    They're really fantastic, not just for Fleming's vocals, but the orchestration is interesting. Especially on Joga.

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    thanks for the hat tip! I'm just finding them on google play now - classical / popular music crossover areas are always super interesting to me to see how successful the cross-influence is. Usually I find popular music artists benefit a lot by incorporating classical influences (see: bjork, rufus, sufjan, anohni, joanna newsom... etc etc)

    But some classical artists singing/playing popular music doesn't always work so well. I love that this album has Hillborg's The Strand Settings which I'm really looking forward to hearing too.

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    I think Fleming is particularly good at crossover. She takes popular music seriously, which is a good place to start from. She used to gig as a jazz singer when she was at Julliard so she's always had other genres in her blood. I think there is generally a good way to do crossover and a bad way to do crossover. The good way is to bring something original and dynamic to the other genre, using classical skills without imposing them. The bad way is the unimaginative cash-in, usually from a famous male tenor (not to point fingers *glares at Alfie Boe*), of a bunch of 'operatic'-ish musical theatre songs; 'The Impossible Dream', 'Bring Him Home' and 'Some Enchanted Evening' are standards. I mean, what's that really bringing to the table? A few years ago Fleming brought out an album called 'Dark Hope'. It's really interesting. You can sort of hear the classical influence in her voice but she doesn't use any operatic power, and she almost sounds like a different singer. Her voice has such a dark quality to it, and I'm really glad she's confident enough to experiment with it on record.

    Anyway, the Bjork songs are growing on me, especially Joga. The arrangements are beautiful.

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    Bjork's publishing a book of sheet music called 34 Scores for Piano, Organ, Harpsichord and Celeste. Out June 5!

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    Here's a good article from Pitchfork on her new book and other projects.

    http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1509-b...collaboration/

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    BTW Björk Digital is coming to Barcelona (June 13th through September 24th). She'll also be doing a 4-hour DJ set at Sónar (June 14th).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Father Lucifer View Post
    Here's a good article from Pitchfork on her new book and other projects.

    http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1509-b...collaboration/
    Thanks for that article! Interesting as always to hear about her process.

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    I'm going to the Bjork Digital exhibition here in LA tomorrow. Looking forward to checking out the VR vids and see if maybe the Vulnicura songs stand out more with the visual accompaniment.

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    Bjork Surprise DJ’d a ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Viewing Party in Brooklyn

    Bjork spinning Ariana Grande after Drag Race is the gayest thing I will ever experience. Now, everyone on the dance floor was putty; gay rainbow silly putty melting on the floor. A huge sink basin behind her in the booth, she kept pretending to wash dishes. She gestured to the pink dishwashing soap at one point. She pretended to use the water spray hose on the crowd.

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