*without all her stage makeup, of course.
Bjorks album covers have always been visual feasts, reflecting the spirit of the music inside while helping to maintain Björk's status as a brilliant artist. A new addition to the collection is always exciting, but the unveiling of the artwork for Volta (due out May 7 in the UK and May 8 in the U.S. on One Little Indian/Atlantic) is extra special, as Pitchfork was able to discuss the image with Björk herself.
(For part one of Brandon Stosuy's interview with Björk, click here. For part two, here. And part three, here!)
As you can see, the photo's bright colors contrast sharply with the muted tones of the covers of her last two albums, Medulla and Vespertine. This mirrors the sound of Volta, which was inspired by the universal urge to dance.
"All I wanted to do for this album was just to have fun and do something that was full-bodied and really up," Björk told Stosuy in the first part of their chat. The album cover is meant to evoke pagan femininity and, to some degree, feminism, which is a running theme throughout the music of Volta. "It's not necessarily about me as a woman, but just women," Björk told Stosuy. "Kind of that long leap of 10,000 years back, when they [were] in harmony with nature, and just little things like the fact that there are 13 full moons in a year and most women have certain things happening to them 13 times a year, but Christianity wanted to have 12 months, just to try to put that off."
Conflict with conventional organized religion is another undercurrent of Volta. "It's about being exhausted with the self-importance of religion, and thinking, 'okay, wait a minute, maybe we are one tribe, and we're actually part of nature,'.
"I was reading a lot of books the last couple of years, especially about things that interest me a lot, like neuroscience, about the two hemispheres and about how we actually are animal species, and, like, female medicine from nature, and how Christianity forced us to ignore nature and the body. There's a lot of interesting books being written by my generation of scientists that they're kind of looking at things slightly differently from how I was taught about it, at least when I was 12.
"It's sort of trying to put out some good vibes for the little princesses out there. There are actually other things than losing a glass slipper. I mean, part of it was having a little daughter and realizing, what are we telling girls? All these books out there about finding your prince. All these little girls, all they want to do is be pretty and find their prince, and I'm like, what happened to feminism here?"
"I also wanted to have some sort of shaman sort of voodoo thing, to get rid of a lot of tension. But in a happy way, not as a destructive thing, more like a celebration."
The voodoo/shaman aspect is most evident in the Volta promotional shots, the album's inside artwork, and the cover of the first single, "Earth Intruders", which will be released as a digital download on April 9. A taste of that artwork is visible on Bjork's website right now.
"It was a magical atmosphere in the photo shoot. It was kind of fun, because it wasn't about me, it was about this sort of spirit of-- like a woman who is kind of...into rave, no I'm just kidding. Like, a sort of celebration of that ancient, but at the same time kind of neon." ~Pitchfork
It's what that reporter saw after getting a face full of bee-jeork fist.
Is she going to be worth my time seeing??
I saw her at Red Rocks a few years ago I was so dissapointed. I bet she puts on a great show for coachella though.
You know, that tour's set list was kind of a let down. It was all Homogenic and Vespertine material, and although those albums are great, I would have liked a bigger spread of songs. Still a great show though.
She is always worth seeing. Not only because she is an amazing artist, but also because the opporotunities to see her are few and far between.
Earth Intruders already leaked. It's a piping hot track. I still disapprove of that photo.
SHARE SOME PIPING HOTNESS.
the fuck is this about though?
that album cover is old and ugly
You know what they say about Icelandic women with big blue feet.
Man, that pic is Bjorked up.
it's the new teletubies suit.
Muse would've been a better headliner for Friday.
There, I said it.
i think she's been doing a little too much "female medicine from nature". that is one stupid picture.
man, y'all need to slow down on them hater-tots
I hope she wears that thing to Coachella and comes down in some kind of rainbow bridge.
i hope she does something that takes a really long time so i can get all the way to my hotel without any traffic.
She looks like some video game character REJECT...or a fucked-up Christmas ornament..
I love that image. the bjork one, not the star trek one.