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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Dull Flame of Desire

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)

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.

« 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

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

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Collaborateurs

  • Brian Chippendale
  • Modeselektor

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