Sortie Mars 2002 3ème Single Vespertine
Programmation : Björk, Thomas Knak
"I had to go to Denmark for a year. There was nothing going on. I was literally lying on the beach, looking at the ocean, with a ghetto blaster listening to Thomas Knak/Opiate’s album. I realised he was from Copenhagen. I just called him up." Record Collector, August 2002
"The lyric to ’Cocoon’ was a whole diary, then I had to edit 90 per cent of it out. It’s very hard to explain, but when I read it and the other person it’s about reads it, we don’t feel abused or anything. I think there’s songs where I’ve been more... scruffy about what I’m expressing. I have a problem with music that’s too indulgent. It’s like ; "Keep your own dirty laundry, please."" New Musical Express 11 Aout 2001
the beat of "Cocoon" sounds almost like a needle scratching on a vinyl record.
How did you get that effect ?
"Yeah, in that particular song the beat was done by Thomas Knak. He’s Danish, and he actually did click noises from the synth. What is actually quite interesting is that I have one sample on this record — and it’s on "Unison" — and it’s from this band called Oval, who have been one of my favorite bands for a few years, and they actually DJ. [Leader] Markus Popp would actually take CDs and scratch them, and put them on the turntable machine ; then he would play off of that.
And the good thing about that is, it’s sort of conquering the fact that most people think that technology is cold because it has no mystery, and it’s very calculated, and blah, blah, blah. So when you take technology and use the areas where it breaks, where it’s faulty, you’re entering a mystery zone where you can’t control it. It’s reacting more like an animal or a person to you, and you have to react with it. It’s not like you tell it what to do and then it does it, like a controlled, cold thing. But you take a knife, scratch a CD, put it on, and it will skip. You don’t know what’s going to happen.
I guess the same thing happens with guitarists. I mean, 34 years ago Jimi Hendrix or Pete Townshend would make everything distort. These guitar amps were not made for that. But they went into the area that the people who made the amp didn’t want them to go because it would go out of control, and it would be wild again like nature, you know, and raw. I think you can find rawness and nature in anything if you just want to." CDnow, aout 2001
Soft organs and Rice Krispies (Eh ? - Cereal Ed) feature heavily on a very minimalist ’Cocoon’, a beautiful love song featuring Bjork whispering sexual lyrics over a track that To Rococo Rot would be proud of. Key Lyric : "A train of pearls, cabin by cabin, is shot precisely across an ocean from a mouth of a girl like me/To a boy" Bjork reference points : ’Amphibian’ (’Being John Malkovich’ soundtrack)
source : www.nme.com
|Cocoon (Radio Edit)||3:34||Radio|
|Cocoon (retangled by Ensemble)||5:04||Ensemble|