Magazine article The Spectator

Bewitched

Magazine article The Spectator

Bewitched

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The Biophilia live show at Harpa, Reykjavik is another cog in the complex wheel that makes up Bjork's eighth album, which is not simply a collection of nice songs, but a concept record about nature, a series of educational apps and a showcase for its specially created instruments.

The performance is, however, where it all comes to fruition, with the extensive thinking behind it distilled into the joy of putting on a show.

Bjork is the star attraction of the Iceland Airwaves annual music festival, and there's a particular magic at seeing her not only perform in her home town, but her 20-strong girls' choir, too, who add a dance element as well as backing vocals, stomping and singing in their glittering costumes with chaotic synchronicity.

In fact, there's so much going on that it's difficult to think of it as a traditional show at all ; one of the new instruments is a giant, bone rattling Tesla coil that descends from the ceiling and zaps out a melody, while other songs are introduced with a David Attenborough-narrated mini-science lecture. …

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