Dull Flame of Desire

Paroles

En noir, paroles chantées par Antony

I love your eyes, my dear
Their splendid, sparkling fire
When suddenly you raise them so
To cast a swift embracing glance


Like lightning flashing in the sky
But there’s a charm that is greater still :
When my love’s eyes are lowered
When all is fired by passions kiss


And through the downcast lashes
I see the dull flame of desire
And through the downcast lashes
I see the dull flame of desire


I love your eyes, my dear
Their splendid, sparkling fire
When suddenly you raise them so
To cast a swift embracing glance

Like lightning flashing in the sky
But there’s a charm that is greater still :
When my love’s eyes are lowered
When all is fired by passions kiss

And through the downcast lashes
I see the dull flame of desire
And through the downcast lashes
I see the dull flame of desire

Dull flame
I see the full flame of desire
I see the dull flame
I see the full flame

I love your eyes, my dear
Their splendid, sparkling fire
When suddenly you raise them so
To cast a swift embracing glance

Like lightning flashing in the sky
But there’s a charm that is greater still :
When my love’s eyes are lowered
When all is fired by passions kiss

And through the downcast lashes
I see the dull flame of desire
Through the downcast lashes
I see the dull flame of desire

Dull flame

I see the full flame of
I see the dull flame
I see the full flame

I love your eyes, my dear
Their splendid, sparkling fire
When suddenly you raise them so
To cast a swift embracing glance


Like lightning flashing in the sky
But there’s a charm that is greater still :
When my love’s eyes are lowered
When all is fired by passions kiss


Through the downcast lashes
I see the dull flame of desire
And through the downcast lashes
I see the dull flame of desire


And through the
Downcast lashes
I see the
Dull flame
Of
Desire

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Infos

Sortie Septembre 2008 5ème single de Volta

Musique

Interprété par : Björk et Antony Hegarty
Ecriture, production : Björk
Programmation : Damian Taylor & Björk
Ingénieurs du son : Damian Taylor, Hector Castillo & Michael Pärt
Batterie : Brian Chippendale
Cuivres : Icelandic Brass Section

Graphisme

Photo : Inez+Vinoodth
Design : M/M (Paris)

Video Clip

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A propos du titre

Paroles tirées d’un poème de Fyodor Tyutchev (1803-1873), telles qu’elles figurent dans le film Stalker d’Andreï Tarkovski (1979).

Other new songs have their own convoluted stories. Björk visited Jamaica with Antony Hegarty, the brooding-voiced lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons, to record a lovers’ duet with lyrics from a poem by Fyodor Tyutchev, The Dull Flame of Desire. They sang together, improvising back and forth, for a full day ; then Björk edited their duet into a smoldering seven-minute drama, worked up a brass arrangement and decided to set the whole thing to an electronic beat.

Björk à propos du titre

It didn’t work. Eventually she brought in Brian Chippendale, the drummer from the rock duo Lightning Bolt. She told him : « I’ve tried so many beats on this song, but I think it should start with silence, and I think it should build up and then you should sort of take over. And it should be a beat that’s not a normal drumbeat but more like a heartbeat or something that you feel. » He improvised it in one take.
source : « At Home Again in the Unknown », NY Times - 29/04/2007


In your duets with Antony [Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons], especially The Dull Flame of Desire, his voice is more « feminine », and you have a very « masculine » side to your voice — did you play off these contrasts intentionally ?

We had tried to sing a lot of stuff, but it was too whispery and sweet. We were two people trying not to step on each other’s toes. So one morning I arrived with a melody I had written in the middle of the night and a lyric by a Russian poet. The [translated] syllables fit perfectly, and we joked about now it was time to belt it out like two divas, be singers. There was a sensation of merging vocally, moments where we didn’t know whose voice was whose.
source : Björk and the beats behind Volta, metromix.com, 08/05/2007

Remix

The Dull Flame Of Desire (Mark Stent album mix) 7:32 Mark ’Spike’ Stent
The Dull Flame Of Desire (Mark Stent instrumental) 7:33 Mark ’Spike’ Stent
The Dull Flame Of Desire (Modeselektor’s remix for Boys) 5:25 Modeselektor
The Dull Flame Of Desire (Modeselektor’s remix for Girls) 6:20 Modeselektor
The Dull Flame Of Desire (Video - Radio edit) 4:06 Video - Radio

Formats

Boxset

Vinyl 1
A1. Dull Flame Of Desire Modeselektor’s Rmx For Girls
B1. Dull Flame Of Desire Modeselektor’s Rmx For Boys

Vinyl 2
C1. Innocence Sinden Remix
D1. Dull Flame Of Desire Mark Stent Album Mix

CD
01. Dull Flame Of Desire Modeselektor’s Rmx For Girls
02. Dull Flame Of Desire Modeselektor’s Rmx For Boys
03. Dull Flame Of Desire Mark Stent Album Mix
04. Dull Flame Of Desire Video / Radio Edit
05. Dull Flame Of Desire Mark Stent Instrumental
06. Innocence Sinden Remix

DVD
Dull Flame Of Desire Video