Reflections on Biophilia

Hello and welcome to the new Bjorkestra Blog! This is Travis Sullivan, the leader of the Bjorkestra and resident Bjorkophile.

I hate to admit it, but I didn’t get Bjork’s latest album Biophilia until two days ago.  I think this had a lot to do with the fact that I wasn’t so crazy about Volta.  Her albums prior to Volta (including Medulla) had songs that I was able to wrap my head around as, well, songs.  Although I did manage to create an arrangement of “Pneumonia” from Volta, I felt that Bjork’s music had gone in a direction that I couldn’t work with as an arranger.

After listening to Biophilia a couple of times, I have to say I really like it.  For the first time in several years I’m inspired by Bjork’s new music! I particularly like “Cosmogeny” and “Crystalline,” and I’m thinking that these tunes will work well with the Bjorkestra.  I can’t wait to start writing another Bjork arrangement…it’s been too long.

 

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