Bjork is hard to pin down and trace. Pointing to her pre-solo incarnations as a jazz singer, a Crass Records punk and an international indie-pop star with the Sugarcubes only shows a fraction of her depth. Since her Debut, in 1993, she has created a symbiosis between academic music and pop, her hands holding a score by Karlheinz Stockhausen while her feet dance to the faceless sounds of rave culture. Masterfully, her music never flies out into obscurity or stoops to obviousness. Working with innovative producers and remixers, such as Nellee Hooper, Howie B., Mark Bell, Matmos and, most recently, Timbaland, she has been able to consistently change strategies, keeping her sound contemporary, gently nudging at the edges of the mainstream. While she takes these adventurous turns through her career, her versatile voice is unmistakable. She displays wide emotional range from the contained rage of "Army of Me" to the explosive joy of "It's Oh So Quiet" to the ethereal bliss of "All Is Full of Love." While her music is always challenging, her fine art and screen side-projects are equally thought-provoking. For the Palme D'Or-winning Lars Von Trier film Dancer In the Dark, she won a Best Ac... See More
Björk Concert Films
Runtime: 1 hr 36 min‘Biophilia Live’ is a concert film directed by Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton and produced by Jacqui Edenbrow that captures the human element of Björk’s multi-disciplinary multimedia project: Biophilia. recorded live at Björk’s show at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2013, the film features Björk and her band performing every song on ‘Biophilia’ and more using a broad variety of instruments – some digital, some traditional, and some completely unclassifiable. the film has already been hailed as “a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers” (variety) and “an imaginative stand-alone artwork” (hollywood reporter) and is a vital piece of the grand mosaic that is ‘biophilia.’
Björk Top Tracks
The Astoria London Live
Runtime: 1 hr 7 minIn this 1994 concert performance from English alternative rock superstars Radiohead, the band plays a seventeen-song set that includes such hits as "Creep", "Fake Plastic Trees", and "Pop is Dead" before a live audience at London's famed Astoria.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minExplosive and energetic Alanis Morissette pulls in the audience on this Soundstage with hints of hard rock, gentle folk, electronic beats and free flowing Eastern melodies. The set includes quintessential hits about loving and letting go from the seven-time Grammy winner's days as a confessional rock phenomenon: "All I Really Want," "Hands Clean," "Thank U" and "Uninvited." The singer/songwriter also introduces fans to her latest and most adventurous album, So-Called Chaos, with songs including "Eight Easy Steps," and "Excuses," among others.
The honest, unadulterated performance reflects Morissette's move away from her days as a rancorous 90's rocker, and into the mode of mature musician ready to experiment with her strengths. Morissette's enduring introspection, continual evolution and evocative stage presence shine in this Soundstage performance.
Live at The Shepherds Bush Empire
Bat For Lashes
Runtime: 1 hr 13 minBrighton, England's Bat for Lashes is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Natasha Khan. The Pakistan-born Khan pulls from her art school education and her experience producing multimedia installations when it comes to writing songs. She also cites Steve Reich and Susan Hiller as influences, while echoes of Björk and Siouxsie Sioux are heard throughout Bat for Lashes' mystical indie rock sound. Bat for Lashes' first single, "The Wizard," was digitally released by DiS, and issued as a 7" on Khan's own She Bear imprint in early 2006. That fall, with "Trophy" burning up the BBC indie rock chart, the Fur & Gold LP arrived in the U.K. in September. The album was released a year later in the U.S. to much critical acclaim. Bat for Lashes' ambitious 2009 album, Two Suns, revolved around the concept of Khan and her blonde, hedonistic alter ego Pearl, and featured a duet with Scott Walker.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minOne of the most celebrated and respected artists of the last decade, Tori Amos is a unique talent whose distinctive voice, beautiful piano playing and thought provoking songs have mesmerized and inspired a generation of fans across the globe. On this episode of Soundstage she will be performing songs from her newest release Scarlet's Walk as well as "Precious Things" and "Cornflake Girl."