This Album Changed My Life: Homogenic (1997) by Björk

Bad Bones aka Sal Stapleton on an album with ‘some of the best pieces of music ever created’

Amazing artwork: Homogenic by Björk

Amazing artwork: Homogenic by Björk

 

When I was young, I usually spent my weekends with my dad and my sisters. On this particular Saturday, we made our way to Golden Discs in Stillorgan. There was a sale on and I had £30 in my pocket from my birthday. While browsing, I picked up two Björk albums, Post and Homogenic. Gazing at both of them for a while, I weighed up which I liked the look of more. I went for Homogenic. It was the amazing artwork. I was unaware that, the following week, I would then go to buy Post and Debut, falling deep into the world of Björk.

The production on the album was unlike anything I’d heard before, like the purposely distorted drums and vocals on Pluto. Texture was so prominent that I could almost feel it. Homogenic had an aggressive punk feel for me but there was room for subtlety and gentle vast space throughout.

Being a drummer in a punk band at the time, it had all of the elements and sonic satisfaction I craved, that I could never achieve with the punk bands I played in.

For me, Joga and All Is Full of Love, are some of the best pieces of music ever created. The strings in this album made me feel so full and emotional, I could almost cry. Every note and word resonated and brought me to beautiful places and I needed more. I started to explore my voice, electronic music and thus laid the foundations for the path I’d take towards the music I produce today as Bad Bones. 

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