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Björk - Utopia flac album

Björk - Utopia flac album Performer: Björk
Title: Utopia
Style: Experimental, Vocal, Ambient
Released: 2017
Country: UK
MP3 album: 1618 mb
FLAC album: 1668 mb
Rating: 4.3
Other formats: FLAC WMA AAC RA VOC MPC VOX
Genre: Electronic / Pop

the official video for utopia, taken from björk's new studio album. Creative Direction by Björk. Silicone prosthetics, braid jewellery and flutes by James Merry. Executive Producer - Campbell Beaton, Immortal Productions.

Utopia is Björk’s tenth studio album, and is a direct parallel to her last project, Vulnicura. With a more positive vibe, Utopia refers to a utopian fantasy rather than a dystopian vision, focusing on finding solutions for the current state of the world.

Redirected from Claimstaker). Utopia is the ninth studio album by Icelandic singer-musician Björk. It was primarily produced by Björk and Venezuelan electronic record producer Arca, and released on 24 November 2017 through One Little Indian Records.

The Utopia Tour was the ninth concert tour by Icelandic musician Björk, centering on her 2017 studio album, Utopia. The tour kicked off with 2 special stage rehearsals on 9 and 12 April 2018 at the Háskólabío Theater in Iceland before touring Europe. Utopia's live presentation later evolved into Cornucopia, a theatrical stage concert with enhanced visual and sound presentations which opened at The Shed in New York City on 6 May 2019.

On Utopia, she depicts coming back to life - and love - with equal intensity and creativity. Reunited with Vulnicura co-producer Arca, she expresses the album's liberation with lighter-than-air field recordings of birds from both of their homelands (Venezuela and Iceland, respectively) and lots of flute, an instrument she played as a child.

Trailed as a return to happier times after the heartbreaking and sometimes difficult to listen Vulnicura, and described by the artist herself as her Tinder album, Utopia promised to be a much needed step into lighter terrain for Björk and for her fans.

Jokingly described by Björk as a Tinder album, the LP is something else entirely, a depiction of happiness and contentment that fuses romantic, filial and platonic love into a vision of inner and outer peace.

Bjork’s magical ninth mixes up female flute choirs and sounds of the natural world. Earlier this year Björk smirkingly described her ninth record as her Tinder album, dealing with the process of falling in love again after experiencing monumental heartbreak. This is most evident on the twinkling harp-swathed ‘Blissing Me’, where she dreamily sings of two music nerds, obsessing and sending each other MP3s, falling in love to a song.

Utilising ideas of breath, space and breeze to thrilling effect, this is Björk at her most reflective and inquisitive. There are no clear cut 'hits' as such, and the album clearly begs to be enjoyed as a whole entity rather than have its innards plucked and picked at. However, if given your full attention, it will transport you to paradise.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Arisen My Senses
Lyrics By – BjörkProducer – Arca , BjörkWritten-By – Arca , Björk
5:01
A2 Blissing Me
Lyrics By – BjörkProducer – Arca , BjörkWritten-By – Arca , Björk
5:04
A3 The Gate
Lyrics By – BjörkProducer – Arca , BjörkWritten-By – Arca , Björk
6:34
B1 Body Memory
Lyrics By – BjörkProducer – Arca , BjörkWritten-By – Björk
10:12
B2 Losss
Lyrics By – BjörkProducer – Arca , Björk, Rabit Written-By – Arca , Björk
7:13
C1 Utopia
Lyrics By – BjörkProducer – Arca , BjörkWritten-By – Björk
4:45
C2 Saint
Lyrics By – BjörkProducer – Arca , BjörkWritten-By – Björk
4:39
C3 Courtship
Lyrics By – BjörkProducer – Arca , BjörkRecorded By [Original Recording] – Jessica Mayer, Ragnar JohnsonWritten-By – Björk
4:52
C4 Sue Me
Lyrics By – BjörkProducer – Arca , BjörkWritten-By – Arca , Björk
4:57
D1 Tabula Rasa
Lyrics By – BjörkProducer – Arca , BjörkWritten-By – Björk
4:42
D2 Claimstaker
Lyrics By – BjörkProducer – Arca , BjörkWritten-By – Björk
3:19
D3 Paradisia
Producer – BjörkWritten-By – Björk
1:42
D4 Features Creatures
Composed By [Original Recording], Performer [Original Recording], Recorded By [Original Recording] – Sarah HopkinsLyrics By – BjörkProducer – BjörkWritten-By – Björk, Sarah Hopkins
4:41
D5 Future Forever
Lyrics By – BjörkProducer – Arca , BjörkWritten-By – Arca , Björk
4:46

Companies, etc.

  • Exclusive Retailer – Rough Trade
  • Lacquer Cut At – Black Saloon Studios
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – One Little Indian Ltd.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Wellhart Ltd
  • Copyright (c) – One Little Indian Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Wellhart Ltd
  • Published By – Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
  • Published By – EMI April Music Inc.
  • Published By – Copyright Control
  • Copyright (c) – Sarah Hopkins

Credits

  • Arranged By [Flute, Vocal, Choir And Cello Arrangements] – Björk
  • Artwork [Cover Art], Photography By [Cover Photography] – Jesse Kanda
  • Cello – Júlía Mogensen
  • Choir – Hamrahlíðarkórinn*
  • Concept By [Conceived By] – Arca , Björk
  • Conductor – Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir
  • Contrabass – Hávarður Tryggvason
  • Cover [Production By] – Juliette Larthe
  • Creative Director [Assistant, Visual Co-creative Director] – James Merry
  • Creative Director [Cover] – Jesse Kanda
  • Creative Director [Cover], Cover [Character] – Björk
  • Creative Director [Cover], Cover [Facepiece] – James Merry
  • Creative Director [Inside/Back] – Björk, M/M (Paris)
  • Electronics, Synth [Synth Melodies], Beats – Arca
  • Engineer – Bart Migal, Bergur Þórisson, Chris Elms
  • Engineer [Flute, Choir, Harp Recording] – Bergur Þórisson
  • Engineer [Harp Recording] – Chris Elms
  • Flute – Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Björg Brjánsdóttir, Dagný Marinósdóttir*, Emilía Rós Sigfúsdóttir, Hafdís Vigfúsdóttir, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir, Pamela de Sensi, Sigríður Hjördís Indriðadóttir, Steinunn Vala Pálsdóttir, Sólveig Magnúsdóttir, Áshildur Haraldsdóttir, Þuríður Jónsdóttir
  • Harp – Katie Buckley
  • Lacquer Cut By – Mandy*
  • Management – Derek Birkett, Emma Birkett
  • Mastered By – Mandy Parnell
  • Mixed By – Heba Kadry (tracks: A2, B1, B2, C3, D2, D4), Marta Salogni (tracks: A1, A3, C1, C2, C4, D1, D3, D5)
  • Mixed By [Chorus] – Marta Salogni (tracks: B2)
  • Mixed By [Vocal Mixes] – Marta Salogni (tracks: A2)
  • Other [Hair] – Raphael Salley
  • Other [Make-Up] – Hungry
  • Other [The Fifth Ear] – Robin Carolan
  • Photography By [Avian Fetus] – Ken Kohl
  • Recorded By [Bird Song Samples] – Jean C. Roché
  • Recorded By [Field Recordings] – Chris Watson
  • Soloist [Flute Solo] – Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir, Áshildur Haraldsdóttir
  • Typography, Illustration [Digital Illuminations] – M/M (Paris)
  • Vocals, Flute [Digital] – Björk

Notes

Rough Trade Exclusive Limited Edition in double peach coloured vinyl.
Limited to 5000 copies.
Glossy gatefold sleeve with print on the inside and lyrics inner sleeves.
_______________

from the sleeve and inner sleeves:

Published by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., except A1, A3, C4, D2, D5: published by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd./EMI April Music Inc (ASCAP); D4: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd./Copyright Control (APRA)

Original recording on D4: 'Kindred Spirits, Music For Harmonic Whirlies' composed, performed and recorded by Sarah Hopkins © 1996 Sarah Hopkins APRA

Original recording on C3: 'Mo-mo' track recorded in the village of Damaindeh-Bau, Finisterre Range, Papua New Guinea, taken from the album 'Sacred Flute Music From New Guinea: Madang/Windim Mabu' by Ragnar Johnson & Jessica Mayer © 2016 soma024, courtesy of Ideologic Organ/Editions Mego

Various bird song samples used by kind permission of Jean C. Roché from his recordings 'Oiseau du (Birds of) Venezuala'

Various Icelandic field recordings by Chris Watson

Thanks to David Toop and Stephen O'Malley for their help with sourcing and clearing samples

Thanks to Ásmundur Jónsson @ Smekkleysa

p/c 2017 One Little Indian Ltd / Wellhart Ltd
The copyright in this sound recordings is owned by One Little Indian Records
All rights reserved

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5016958995355
  • Barcode (Text): 5 016958 995355
  • Matrix / Runout (A Side, Etched): TPLP 1381 A-1
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side, Etched): TPLP 1381 B-1
  • Matrix / Runout (C Side, Etched): TPLP 1381 C-1
  • Matrix / Runout (D Side, Etched): TPLP 1381 D-1 MANDY BSS
  • Label Code: LC 03275
  • Rights Society (A1, A3, C4, D2, D5): ASCAP
  • Rights Society (D4): APRA

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
tplp1381cdx Björk Utopia ‎(CD, Album) One Little Indian tplp1381cdx UK 2017
podcd0839 Björk Utopia ‎(CD, Album) One Little Indian podcd0839 Australia 2017
none Björk Utopia ‎(14xFile, WAV, Album, 24 ) One Little Indian none 2017
none Björk Utopia ‎(14xFile, FLAC, Album, 24 ) One Little Indian none 2017
SL1820 Björk Utopia ‎(CDr, Album, Unofficial) Star Line SL1820 Russia 2018


Comments: (27)
Xisyaco
mine came with a free extra a side label stuck right onto the record lol
Steelraven
Great album, solid pressing, little-to-no interference. There's some noticeable cut-off during some song transitions that seem to ruin the experience, however.The peach color looks wonderful, though!
Ynye
In what way is this a 2 star review? ?
Rrinel
This thing is beautiful! Serious, this is so so beautiful! It was printed on a glossy paper, since the front cover to the sleeve which holds the vinyls. The lyrics to all the fourteen tracks were printed on the sleeves together with an art exclusively for the album and the "thank you" section. The discs... aaaaah the discs! These discs are heavy, but certainly not 180g, and they are peach coloured. Describing them with words is not enough to say how beautiful they are. And the sound quality... except for a few pops on side D, it was immaculate pressed! The vinyl is really quiet with solid bass so we can listen to all the birds and flutes the way Björk and Arca wanted to.The album itself is really abstract. We can see that on the front cover. I was panicked when I first saw it, but let's think about it. This is abstract, maybe utopic, the way Björk and Arca wanted to be. Listen to those flutes and those birds, see the front cover, the flowers inside and understand the lyrics makes the Utopia experience closer to the Vespertine and Vulnicura experience.A great great album with a great great Rough Trade exclusive edition. 5 stars once again for this amazing Icelandic musician.
Vonalij
Hi Mateus - yes, I will buy Vulnicura and get back to you when I have listened to it properly (stupidly I have been waiting for the price to get a bit cheaper). I watched a live performance of it on the internet and she (and her costumes) were great. I also read a bit, so I know she was aware of the 'sad' content and even made comments on the audience crying . . . she wanted to change that reaction with her next album.However, like you say, 'the inspiration for the lyrics was her life' continues to apply to Utopia. Of course all her albums have meaning to her and apply her life experiences, but with the latter albums they are much closer and direct to her heart. That is partly what distinguishes the latter albums, they are different in nature, more personal, and less iconic 'pop songs' (if you know what I mean). She has created a unique testament.[I like Army of Me too, it's one of those songs which prooves her range, really raucous, and the other side of the balance to purer songs like All Is Full of Love. Have you heard the Death Cab for Cutie version of All Is Full of Love? It's on one of their singles, not an album - well worth listening to.]
Acrobat
I love "Post" with all my heart, so I cannot agree more about "Hyper-ballad". I would include Army of Me too. Although my favourite song is not from "Post", this is my favourite album.About "Vulnicura" - give it a try. If there is something "Vulnicura" is not is a bad album. "Stonemilker" is one of the most beautiful things I've ever listened. But keep on mind that: 1) she wrote the album to talk about HER feelings about her marriage and its break-up. On the booklet, together with the name of the song, you can find the date when the fact she is exploring happened - and - 2) "Vulnicura" is a depressive album on purpose, so help yourself and do not expect a "Post" or "Volta" inspiration. The inspiration for the lyrics was her life. Start to listen to the album together with the lyrics. Read them while you're listening or read them before that. Again, if there's something "Vulnicura" is not is a bad album. Give it a try and write to me your experience.
Coirad
Yes, I definitely know what you mean about the Utopia cover - it also applies to many of Bjork's previous albums. I distinctly remember having the exact same feeling with the Homogenic cover, she looks like a Japanese alien. That hairdo and the elongated neck, many hairdos (and don'ts) in between - all the way to the Vulnicura album (odd wound in her tummy there), which you say is now one of your favourites. Interesting you didn't like it at first, I understand. Thanks for the tip: Vulnicura is the ONE Bjork album I haven't bought. It's time I give it a try.I have quite a few Bjork favourites for different reasons. In fact one I can turn my back on is 'It's Oh so Quiet' which was loved by many - for me it's too much like something from a Musical (but I loved 'I've Seen It All', which she did with Thom Yorke for Dancer in the Dark). Hyperballad is great with all its remixes.
Mr_Jeйson
I'm glad you laughed hahahaha but that was true, isn't it? The album cover is so bizarre that now is one of the most amazing covers she ever delivered. I love it now. And yes, sometimes we need to be patient with new things, but probably we have difficult to accept different. This is human nature.Me, for example, when I first listened to Vulnicura I classified it as the worst album on her entire carreer. Now, is one of my favourite things ever. People expect that Björk always deliver something like Debut or Post (my favourite), but people change, carreers change. We all change.She chose to not record easylistening classics and that's what make her different from all the nowadays artists. But she always did. Jóga is not a bubblegum pop song and it is a classic. As well as Pagan Poetry and so many other.For those who say Utopia is not a easy-listening album, they should try to listen to Vulnicura with the lyrics and pay attention on what she wanted to tell us with the album. They should do the same with Utopia. I'm sure they'll change their minds.
greed style
Nice review. The second to last paragraph you wrote made me laugh! ('panicked when I first saw it'). Yes, I know what you mean, I wondered what the album would be like too, but like you say, the flutes, birds and flowers - all deliver. (And now, you have got used to it, don't you like the bizarre album cover?) Maybe we need to be patient with new things . . .I think Bjork plays a difficult game being experimental. We love her for it when it goes right, but then can be too quick to criticise or take time to appreciate. With Bjork's skills I am sure she could churn out more easylistening classics, but choses not to. For that decision, she gets a smaller audience. The reward however, is that Utopia is a beautiful, original piece of music.Regarding those who say they don't like the Utopia album: their dislike doesn't create an absolute statement on the album's relevance. There are people who seriously appreciate it.
Hidden Winter
This edition sounds great, the vinyl is very quiet except for a few clicks on the last side. The packaging is very nice as well, glossy inner and outer sleeves along with little details such as artwork on the inside of the gatefold pockets.
Goktilar
Yeesh. I don't know what to say. I have bee a Bjork fan since the early 90's, when she was the lead singer for the Sugarcubes. I have all three of the Sugarcubes records, as well as her of her solo outings (with the exception of the one she recorded at age eleven) including Gling-glo. There was a time that I could buy her records without ever having heard them and was never worried that I may not like them. Those days are over. In the last 12 or so years, her releases seem to have less and less structure and melody, and are lacking the innovation of her earlier works. Utopia is no exception. There is nothing really new here, much of the album seems derivative of the quieter moments of Debut, with a bit of Homogenic thrown in for good measure. In interviews, Bjork labels the record a joyous affair. I don't really hear the joy in these songs. With practically no melodies, no vocal acrobatics, and the slow, laborious pace of the album, it doesn't come across as joyful to me. Not to mention the fact that the album clocks in an at a whopping 73 minutes. Without structure, and similar pacing in each of the songs, I am frankly having a difficult time even distinguishing the tracks from one another. The album as a whole seems disjointed to me, with strings and woodwinds seemingly randomly placed throughout. Clearly, the critics disagree, as the album is garnering quite a bit of critical acclaim. I have to wonder, have these critics ever heard Vespertine, or Homogenic? Perhaps I am a jaded fan, but in my humble opinion, Utopia does not hold a candle to these albums. In conclusion, I cannot recommend this album to even the the most avid Bjork fans. The record feels tedious, and I don't think that music should ever feel "challenging to get through". If you are thinking of purchasing this album, I advise you to try to listen to it first, before buying it. I am sadly regretting spending $80 (including shipping) for the colored vinyl version. I wish I had downloaded it first, and saved my money. Sorry Bjork!
Narim
Yeah, I thought that Bjork was less about structure and more about experimentalism. Maybe I'm just reading it wrong, but... I'm loving the direction she's gone in over the last 10 years.
Arcanescar
in my opinion it's an incredible album. i will admit it took awhile to grow on me but that's probably due to arca's production not so much björk
Thorgahuginn
If you're regretting buying it you could always just give it to me. I happen to enjoy most of the album and you could rest assured I'd put it to very good use ; )
Goldenfang
I do double what GarionOrb says - I also own the balck and the peach version and received both new and sealed. The peach (140gr) version is a lot more quiet than the black (180gr) version - and just looks great (and I am not a coloured vinyl fanatic).
Scream_I LOVE YOU
Having purchased both this peach version and the standard black vinyl, I can definitely say that the peach one sounds better to me. Unless I just got a botched black version, the peach one is far more quiet whereas the black one had much more surface noise. Not to mention, it's a pretty gorgeous-looking vinyl. Regardless of what version you have, the only thing that gives me pause about this album on vinyl is the re-ordered tracklisting. Side B works great with slightly extended versions of "Body Memory" and "Losss", but placing "Features Creatures" as the penultimate track just doesn't work at all. Lyrically, it clashes badly with how the record is winding down. I completely understand, however, why it had to be re-ordered. It would've been a logistical nightmare to try and fit the record on two LP's in its standard order.Overall, this is one of the best albums released this year. Yeah it's abstract, has few actual melodies, and is generally a challenge to listen to. But deep and active listening is greatly rewarded here. Bjork put her heart and soul into this, and it shows.
Nilabor
Agreed! Black vinyl sounds not so great. I find the order of the tracks more dynamic than the CD version and flows better, if only "Features Creatures" would come after "Body Memory", and then "Paradisia" and "Future Forever" would be paired as closing tracks.
Mushicage
The Empress' new clothes!Uninspiring, cold and nothing even remotely innovative. Pretentious and self-indulgent. I had to put on an old Black Dog Productions - Bytes to restore my senses.
Doulkree
Give it a few tries. I'm convinced it is one of her best albums now. And it is incredibly moving.
Kigabar
It's truly beautiful and a remarkable work of sonic art
Diab
I was a loyal fan of Sugarcubes, then Bjork, all the way to Vespertine and lost track of her work with Medulla. Medulla to Vulnicura, FOR ME, is a vast opus of work where Bjork beautifully sings, and the instrumentation is all there, but I haven't connected with it (I may at some point). To be fair, I haven't listened to these albums properly! [It's in my head that I will take the time to listen to these albums and hopefully my taste will be bent into liking them.]With the transcendent "All Is Full of Love", and the beautiful Vespertine album, it is hard to continue in terms of innovative brilliance - where would any artist concerned with making innovative yet beautiful music go after that? Obviously the answer was the Medulla to Vulnicura soundscape, which seemed to take her music to an area which still experimented, but perhaps more classically. Perhaps something she and her mates had to do in order to grow. Whatever: it has lead to Utopia . . .I was a bit wary of playing Utopia. I bought it on the release date and played the record three days later. Bearing in mind my views as just stated, also it's hard to dismiss / get beyond other peoples' perceptions of her. [Plus I was a bit put off by that video of her attacking a journalist.]. There was a fuzzy wall of confusion separating me from a musician I'd always enjoyed listening to - an artist who had gone on a wonderul trip from "Deus" (remember?) to "Hidden Place", and being "Violently Happy" meanwhile. So, I lay on the settee and patiently listened to the full album of Utopia (peach vinyl) whilst reading the lyrics - what a lovely album! It's definitely a work you have to concentrate on (at least at first listen). There is a lot of work put into every aspect, the composition, lyrics and her voice is immaculate - articulate ennunciation and that crisp beautiful voice of a being who wants her words to be heard. There's a lot of experimental sounds, loads of instruments, and she might like the alien, but the result is not alienating (to me). For example, there are some beautiful sort of bubbly harp sounds in "The Gate". The experimentation isn't for experimentation's sake, it is to serve the music. So yes, I think I will buy that single, it is nice to play that track on its own. The video is amazing for "The Gate", but the track does not rely on it.This album is a real gift, it's a double album with so many divergent tracks. "Sue Me" and Tabula Rasa" seem to work as a pair, about past abuses, confronting them, letting them out and then transcendence - particularly "Tabula Rasa" for the transcendent aspect: the music carries the lyrics sublimely to redemption. "Saint" is a lovely track defining the way music is a kind of act of love, it conveys a very personal manifesto of Bjork's. "The Gate" and "Future Forever" are a couple of stand-out tracks. Spiritualy beauty, humour, up-to-date cyber lingo, it's all here, I look forward to getting to know the album better.As for the format and packaging: The peach vinyl plays beautifully, with no interferance during the quiet bits. The cover artwork is intelligent. I think Bjork is a passionate person, living life full through her senses - musically, spritually and sexually (I'd guess). The latter is worth mentioning as it comes through the work, the peach vinyl is 'fleshly' and the orifices on the cover artwork represent taking the world in (in many ways!). Bjork doesn't want to be forced into a typical, mono-aspect, pretty-girl object for somebody else's consumption, so she challenges the viewer with an alien manifestation of herself and some of her thoughts. It's all there to be seen, listened to and read.
Sha
I have 'got to grips' with Medulla now. This might be an odd place for a 'Medulla review' but it deserves to be here, due to what I say above. Listening to Bjork really is a matter of taking the time to listen - and the reward is great. Her music is unique to her sensibility.Apparently Medulla is all formed by human voice. It does rise above its experimental form and there are many beautiful tracks.The Key track for me is Triumph of a Heart. Some sections of the song have weird noises, all jiving and grooving (and all still created by human voice, collected from voice specialists all over the world); these sections make you laugh with pure joy because of their deliberate alieneity (!).Humour is a key element to Bjork's expression and Triumph of a Heart is a good example of it. This is very unusual in music - to make you gut-laugh so spontaneously: not because of the lyrics, but the SOUND. Yet humour is a fundamental aspect of being human, so full credit for Bjork to present an abundance of humour through her sound-art.
Iseared
How does it sound? I've got a standard black I pre-ordered months ago on the way, but a peach would be cool to own.
Lavivan
Sounds very nice, well worth getting. Looks great as well. Rough Trade still had loads in stock on Saturday
นℕĨĈტℝ₦
Arrived last week, listening to it right now for the first time. Sounds terrific - beautifully clear highs, solid bass and lots of great stuff in between.
Gio
We have the peach coloured vinyl. Listened to it last night, sounds really good to me. No distortion or other unwanted noises, vinyls seem nice and flat. Happy we ordered this version.
Fani
In stock > > > > > > > https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/bjork