Biophilia – Björk – MIF 10.07.2011


to Sma and Matei Vlad

It felt like a close encounter of the third kind. Björk gathered the public for her new album in small groups, closely around the place where her music emerges from classical and innovative instruments, a female choir and her own powerful voice. She moved inside that narrow circle light as a feather, barefoot and made us keep our breath in fear she might sense us and vanish like a deer or that she might hear our off-key humming and dive under like a siren. She was indeed as shy and mysterious as a deer and siren but only between songs while thanking us for our awkward and hysterical howls and whistles.

It was not a concert but a master class that gradually poured energy into the audience. This energy was finally used for a revolutionary blast. “Declare Independence” blew us up. I, at least, felt very close to a blessed heart attack.

The new album is a mass for the newly born religion, “ecologism”. Hopefully the new faith will have nothing in common with the last couple of monotheistic religions’ extremism. Björk has definitely a pantheistic approach to it so there’s some hope.

Biophilia is definitely a show worth attending, for fans and neophytes too for it is ingenious, innovative, powerful and sensual. The set list included lots of songs from previous albums, a generous treat from the artist.

This show proves it again; Björk is the main artist of the last two decades, there are few important DJs, who hadn’t remix at least one of her songs and there are also many great rock and pop artists who cannot go on in their careers without acknowledging her influence on their music.

She is to our times’ music what TGV is to the railway and the washing machine to the beetling-bat and beetling-block, though I guess she wouldn’t mind using the last ones as they are very musical and eco-friendly.

Setlist
1. Thunderbolt
2. Moon
3. Crystalline
4. Hollow
5. Dark Matter
6. Hidden Place
7. Mouth’s cradle
8. Isobel
9. Virus
10. Jóga
11. Sacrifice
12. Sonnets/Unrealities
13. Where Is the Line
14. Mutual Core
15. Cosmogony
16. Solstice
-Encore-
17. One Day
18. Unravel
20. Declare Independence

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