Björk seems to be everywhere these days promoting her adventurous new CD Medúlla. Recently Arjan wrote a short piece dissecting the CD’s typically exotic artwork. If you’re a fan you also shouldn’t miss Alex Ross’ ten-page profile (excerpt) in this week’s New Yorker: “The smoldering nostalgia of Björk’s musical material is balanced by the urgent optimism of her lyrics, which seem always charged with the sense that the next moment or meeting could transform everything.” Which brings us to the next topic:
Should you choose to skip a vacation in Zanzibar this year due to recent laws passed there, you might choose to be “transformed” by Iceland, specifically Reykjavik. Here’s a mini-guide to its “twilit dream” ambience. Not sure why they’re promoting it with one month left to go before its seasonal temperatures get, well, icy. But here’s some welcome news: “Despite the relative newness of their gay scene, Iceland is light years ahead of the United States in terms of nationwide legal protections and general tolerance.” And because she spends several months a year there, Björk-spotting is considered a national pastime.
Update: Arjan previews entire Medúlla CD.