Jim Carroll

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Antony and the Björk songs

One act certain to visit the Electric Picnic this year is Björk, who releases her seventh studio album, Volta, on May 4th. It features an all-star cast of contributors, including Timbaland, Antony Hegarty, innovative Congolese noise-makers Konono No 1, Malian …

Thu, Mar 29, 2007, 22:25

   

One act certain to visit the Electric Picnic this year is Björk, who
releases her seventh studio album, Volta, on May 4th. It features an
all-star cast of contributors, including Timbaland, Antony Hegarty,
innovative Congolese noise-makers Konono No 1, Malian kora maestro
Toumani Diabaté, Chinese pipa player Min Xiao-Fen and an Icelandic
brass section.

On first listen, Volta is a more beat-driven and adventurous journey
than her last two albums, Medulla and Vespertine. Opening track Earth
Intruders marches to a glitchy Timbaland beat before Konono No 1 kick in
with their thumb pianos, while the dirty breaks underpinning Declare
Independence and the chimes on I See Who You Are usher in wonderfully
out-there sounds.

But the real treats come when Björk duets with Antony on Dull Flame and
My Juvenile, both voices perfectly matched as they soar away. Imagine
that pairing at the Picnic.

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