Rolling Stone

Björk Paints Fractured ’Utopia’ With Cutting-Edge Co-Producers ★★★★☆

Two music nerds obsessing … sending each other mp3s" sings Björk euphorically over harp arpeggios, while multi-tracked Björks chirp cherubically in the background. The track, a very Björkian reverie titled "Blissing Me," sets the tone for a record that’s in some ways a polar opposite to 2015’s incandescently brooding Vulnicura. That LP was a surgical examination of post-breakup grief framed by lush strings. Utopia mostly sends the orchestra packing, building its bright-lit world around bird-song samples, flutes, harp, choir and electronics, with input from innovative co-producers Arca and Rabit.

The set radiates playfulness and pleasure – the opener "Arisen My Senses" is a breathless barrage of abstract beats and pop timbres, a musical multiple orgasm. But Utopia’s no more "pop" than Vulnicura, and not all shiny, happy fantasias. "Sue Me" conjures a divorce scenario amidst warped vocals and rummaging percussion. On "Body Memory," words like "toxic," "patriarchy" and "Kafka-esque" flash amidst war zone-like rumblings. With flutes and harp curlicuing playfully in the upper register as bass tones and beats sputter and implode ominously in the lower, "Loss" sums up the musical vision here – suggesting a practical realist who recognizes utopias are relative, and sustained only with sweat equity.

Will Hermes

publié dans Rolling Stone - 29.11.2017

En lien avec...

 
 

Articles de la même année

 

2017

date
publication
titre
28.01.2017
Libération
21.05.2017
Noisey
11.08.2017
Dazed & confused
01.09.2017
Inter/VIEW
22.09.2017
BBC Radio 6
25.09.2017
Red bull music academy
30.10.2017
Rockdelux
30.10.2017
Télérama
02.11.2017
Crack Magazine
03.11.2017
The Big Issue
03.11.2017
Music Magazine
11.11.2017
The Age Spectrum
12.11.2017
The Observer
16.11.2017
Pitchfork
17.11.2017
Tribune de Genève
20.11.2017
The Skinny
20.11.2017
San Francisco Chronicle
20.11.2017
Pressplayok
21.11.2017
Télérama n°3541
22.11.2017
Loud and quiet
24.11.2017
francetvinfo.fr
24.11.2017
belfasttelegraph.co.uk
24.11.2017
Tsugi
26.11.2017
Libération
28.11.2017
Pitchfork
28.11.2017
Louder than war
01.12.2017
Utopia, la bande-son d’un rêve de science-fiction
04.12.2017
The New Yorker