Episode 45: Björk (feat. Gabrielle Smith)

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Lord, has there ever been a musician as eclectic, iconic, and utterly her own thing as Björk Guðmundsdóttir? We’re talking about an Icelandic poet who recorded her first album at age 12, has worked with everyone from Michel Gondry to Timbaland, and is still best remembered for wearing a swan back in ’01. Her discography is a vast, complex, and intimidating landscape, packed with clubland tributaries and avant garde vocal experiments. She can swing from heartbreaking to absurd in a single syllable.

She’s really cool, is what we’re saying.

Luckily, we have a brand new island visitor here to help on our Björk-venture: musician, dog owner, and dear friend Gabrielle Smith (of Ò and Bellows fame). With her help, we tackle a body of work as intense and difficult as it is funny and heartfelt, picking through experiments and masterpieces and complicated feelings to find our personal desert island albums (which turned out to be awfully difficult). It was way more fun than that sounds. Also: masters of unlocking, stuffed-up banshees, and a referendum for the retroactive impeachment of councilman Einar Örn Benediktsson.

Music:

All Is Full of Love (Death Cab for Cutie)
Human Behaviour
There’s More to Life Than This (Live Version)
Come to Me
The Anchor Song
Army of Me
Hyper Ballad
It’s Oh So Quiet
Hunter
Unravel
Pluto
Hidden Place
Undo
Pagan Poetry
Pleasure Is All Mine
Ancestors
Triumph of a Heart
Earth Intruders
Declare Independence
Vertebrae By Vertebrae
Crystalline
Hollow (which is what Max was actually talking about, not Mutual Core, apologies)
Virus
Stonemilker
Black Lake
Quicksand
All is Full of Love
It’s Not Up to You
Walkabout (The Sugarcubes)

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