Bjork Drawing Restraint 9
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- Released: March 16, 2010
- Label: One Little Indian Us
Rolling Stone - No. 982, p.1123 stars out of 5 - "Bjork's delicate compositions employ harp, glockenspiel and the sho, a fifteen-pipe Japanese instrument...."
Uncut - p.1174 stars out of 5 - "Bjork's vocals are a hypnotic midnight whisper, a continuation of MEDULLA's vocal layering techniques."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.62Ranked #2 in Mojo's "2005 Soundtracks Of The Year."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.923 stars out of 5 - "'Ambergris March' is a stunning, multi-tracked Bj”rk performance....Exceptionally inventive."
- 1.Gratitude - (with Bjork)
- 2.Pearl - (with Bjork)
- 3.Ambergris March - (with Bjork)
- 4.Bath - (with Bjork)
- 5.Hunter Vessel - (with Bjork)
- 6.Shimenawa - (with Bjork)
- 7.Vessel Shimenawa - (with Bjork)
- 8.Storm - (with Bjork)
- 9.Holographic Entrypoint - (with Bjork)
- 10.Cetacea - (with Bjork)
- 11.Antarctic Return - (with Bjork)
Personnel: Shiro Nomura, Will Oldham (vocals); Shonosuke Okura (chant, percussion); Zeena Parkins (harp); Mayumi Miyata (sho); Alexandra Knoll, Winnie Lai, Christopher Gaudi, Scott Bartucca, Kathy Halvorson, James Button (oboe); Einar St. J¢nsson, Eir¡kur ™rn P lsson (trumpet); Dan Levine , Dan "D Unit" Levine, Sigurdur S. Porbergsson, Chris Washburn, Dean Plank, Bruce Eidem (trombone); David Bobroff (contrabass trombone); Emil Fridfinnsson (horns); J¢nas Sen (celesta); Gudr£n Oskarsd¢ttir (harpsichord); Valgeir Sigurdsson (keyboards, programming); Nico Muhly (keyboards); Samuel Solomon (glockenspiel, percussion, crotales).
Audio Mixers: Valgeir Sigurdsson; Paul "P-Dub" Walton.
Liner Note Author: Shinichi Ishikawa.
Recording information: Bi-Coastal Music, NY; Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavik, Iceland; Looking Glass, NY; Olympic Studios, London, England; Victor Aoyama Studio, Tokyo, Japan; Woods Road Studio, NY.
Director: Matthew Barney.
Photographers: Peter Strietmann; Chris Winget.
Translator: Kuniyoshi Ueda.
Arranger: Kuniyoshi Ueda.
An unconventional and somewhat challenging soundtrack to the work of a singularly strange filmmaker, Bjork's score for her partner Matthew Barney's DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 takes the Icelandic performer's already adventurous aesthetic to new extremes. While a few tracks featuring Bjork (or, in the case of "Gratitude," Will Oldham) on vocals vaguely resemble her more pop-friendly outings, much of this album is steeped in avant-garde atmospherics that include lilting harp passages (the aforementioned "Gratitude"), ominous brass interludes ("Hunter Vessel"), and even haunting Japanese Noh singing ("Holographic Entrypoint"). Although DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 may perplex some listeners, those patient enough to follow Bjork down almost any path will find plenty to appreciate here.
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