Below: Bjork, “Declare Independence”. The quite precise instruction being one of maximum volume when you jab at the play button, and a chin-stroking nod of appreciation when you check the date that this was posted. I am one smart cookie, available for hire.
This is music as a brutal, monumental slab of sound, defined by its prowling, unrelenting presence. From the 2007 Volta album, it’s not strictly a Bjork track at all; originally an instrumental composed by producer and long-time collaborator Mark Bell (he of 90’s techno pioneers LFO), it’s supplanted by the hypnotic momentum of Ms Guðmundsdóttir’s sloganeering to create a spiky density. Like many overtly political records, you could argue that there’s an element of ‘missing the point’ in regards to the subject matter, but I’m not sure that detracts from sheer weight of texture; this is a grand, large canvas record, and one with bite.
And that’s all, for now, I have to add. You know, that lame joke – I’m not gonna go there. I really don’t need any of my American readers to explain just why the U to the S to the A celebrates a dodgy alien invasion flick every early July. Nope, I’m not going there…
Bjork / Declare Independence
LFO / LFO