Photos by G.
Oh Bjork! The Icelandic singer has made an album combining science and nature with the latest in sound technology called “Biophilia.” She’s promoting the record with a series of concerts at New York’s Museum of Science in Queens. I attended the show on February 12, 2012 and when it comes to putting on an amazing live show, Bjork does not disappoint. Backed with a choir, who sounded like a chorus of angels, Bjork performed her entire album “Biophilia” while trippy visuals were shown on screens over the stage. The venue for a concert like this was perfect as we were situated in a tall building with amazing acoustics and since the show was in the round, every spot in the room was a decent vantage point.
Aside from the new album, Bjork also played “You’ve Been Flirting Again” and “Isobel” from “Post,” “Mouth’s Cradle” from “Medulla,” “Pagan Poetry” from “Vespertine,” the non-album classic “Generous Palmstroke” and the finale, “Declare Independence” from “Volta.” Though “Possibly Maybe” was on the set list, it was not played. Bjork was recovering from a cold but she still sounded amazing and was wearing an interesting dress that only Bjork could pull off. Bjork said thank you after many of the songs but didn’t say much else to the audience except to ask if we would help her sing happy birthday to one of the women in her choir.
For those that think “Biophilia” is a little too obscure to get into, seeing it performed live really helped me to enjoy the music more; however, like a lot of Bjork fans, I am waiting for an all out dance album. Bjork will be performing several more shows in New York throughout February including a few more at the museum and some at Roseland in Manhattan. If you like Bjork’s music, you will not want to miss this show. It’s extremely intimate and it makes you reaffirm your love for Bjork, whose talent and willingness to experiment is the very thing that is missing from so many acts that are out there today.
See the set list after the jump.