Bjork fans will be delighted yet again with another fine solo project entitled Volta, hitting stores in the U.S. on May 7. The album’s first single, ‘Earth Intruders’, will be premiered on iTunes not long before on April 27th.
Promotion of the album and its single is well underway, as the humble tour kicked off in her beloved hometown of Reykjavik, Iceland on April 1st. The singer is also the scheduled Saturday Night Live musical guest for April 21’s live show with host Scarlet Johansson. Bjork is even doing a brief leg of her tour in the U.S., which is a rare treat for her American fans. The singer is scheduled for a handful of gratuitous dates in a few of the country’s major cities and a venue called the Sasquatch festival, located in Washington State. After that, Bjork will continue to the UK, and on to the surrounding areas in Europe where she enjoys the majority of her continuing popularity.
This will be Bjork’s first release since her 2004 release Medulla, an admittedly experimental project, even for Bjork. Fans who’d fallen in love with the singer’s pop sensibilities on Post or even Debut had much to chew on with Medulla, a largely accapella album featuring a myriad of human modes of compensation such as throat singing, an inuit native style of music, and urban style human beat boxing, often a combination in one song. Homogenic fans were no less confused with the albums underprocessed, organic style, and introverted lyrics and vocal performance. And if you loved Vespertine, chances are you were a little put off by the amount of emphasis put on improvisation and the good, bad, and ugly spectrums of the human voice. While it is clear the Bjork has no intentions of pleasing everyone with Medulla, it seems she pleased her own craving for adventure. And now with Volta, critics are predicting Bjork is ready to move on again, but not without getting back to what she knows: pop music.
From the early sounds of the albums first single, ‘Earth Intruders,’ Bjork seems to capitalize on a familiar root of her “family tree,” the beats. As opposed to the entrancing house sounds of London she’s relied on in the past, however, ‘Earth Intruders’ seem to invoke the ancestry of deep, resonating, pre-electronic age percussion drums- perhaps remnants of the rudimentary influence of Medulla. Yet the vocals are classic Bjork, energetic, even youthful, and almost ‘Human Behavior’ like in their infectiousness.
In an interview podcast viewable on YouTube or directly from iTunes, Bjork talks about the influences around her that encouraged her to make the kind of album she did this time around, citing childbirth, wind instruments, and cabin fever among other things. For the latest news and information, including tour dates and the podcast interview, head over to Bjork’s long running web source, at www.bjork.com/unity.