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Friday, March 16, 2007

Björk/Meredith Monk Interview Today on Counterstream Radio

posted by on March 16 at 10:45 AM


UPDATE: If you missed the broadcast, you can listen to the interview again (in high- and low-bandwidth versions for Quicktime and Windows Media) here.

The American Music Center’s new online radio station Counterstream Radio will have its official launch today at 3 PM Eastern (that’s 12:00 PM for Seattlites). To kick it off right, Sarah Cahill will interview two of today’s greatest female composers—Meredith Monk and Björk (presumably at the same time). The two have collaborated together, and Björk herself has a new album—Volta—coming out in May. Perhaps we’ll get a sneak peek at one or the other or both[!/?]

About Volta, MTV reports that Björk was profoundly affected by a visit to the Aceh Province in Indonesia for UNICEF’s tsunami relief effort:

“I spent a few days there, in a village where 180,000 had died, in one moment. And a year later, people were still digging up bones, and digging through muck and finding objects. They had to change this golf course into a mass grave. And the smell … that was probably the most surprising thing. You could still smell death in the air a year later.”

About the debut single, “Earth Intruders”:

The song “Earth Intruders,” in particular, was sculpted soon after Björk awoke from a dream she had during a cross-Atlantic flight to New York. In the dream, the singer said a “tsunami of millions and millions of poverty-stricken people” swelled high above the airplane she was a passenger on. Eventually, the wave overtook the plane, hit land and razed the White House into oblivion

“Earth Intruders” is an industrial-tinged number, rife with video game-esque atmospherics and calypso tonalities — think Nine Inch Nails meets Devo. A rhythmic, marching sound runs throughout much of the track, which “portrays the emotions of impatience, urgency, and being very eager to communicate.” In it, she sings, “Here is turmoil out there/ Carnage rambling/ What is to do but dig/ Dig bones out of earth/ Mud, graves, timber/ Morbid trenches.”

It’s shaping up to be quite an interesting picture, this album. Politics, a “stunning return to the dancefloor”? Eric, you may get your protest anthems yet. UPDATE: Record label One Little Indian’s managing director told Music Week that it expects big sales from Volta: “It’s probably the most commercial thing she’s ever done,” he says. “It’s really up and happy and the collaborations are extraordinary”. He also revealed that Björk will be embarking on an 18-month world tour, with the stage set devised by Björk. The 30 musicians on tour with her will include an all-female, all-Icelandic brass band. Whew, Sasquatch is going to be a gorgeous, sweaty mess.

And in case you missed it last week, here’s Pitchfork’s first installment of their interview with Björk about Volta.

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I won't be convinced Björk's backed off from becoming an unlistenable and pretentious catastrophe who got trapped in by her own hype, dislodging everything interesting about her moments after 'Post' was done, until I hear it.

Posted by Fawkes | March 16, 2007 12:17 PM

the interview with bjork and meredith was wonderful. thanks for sharing. any others sources in order to listen to it again?

Posted by joy | March 16, 2007 2:09 PM

You can listen to the interview again (in high- and low-bandwidth versions for Quicktime and Windows Media) here.

Posted by Nick | March 16, 2007 2:15 PM

Has Bjork and Meredith been visiting the same hairdresser?

Posted by Sally Struthers Lawnchair | March 17, 2007 2:01 AM

Ooo that first comment is a little harsh lol. I love Bjork. The interview is great, I'm already looking for as much Meredith Monk music as I can find because of that interview.

Posted by Elliot | March 17, 2007 12:49 PM


Bitching about a "pretentious" artist is the about the most pretentious thing one can do.

Fuck you, music snob ;)

Posted by seattle98104 | March 19, 2007 9:09 AM

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