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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 332
Thurs, Dec 13, 2012

“Mutual Core [These New Puritans Remix featuring Solomon Islands Song]”
Björk

2012

“♫ This
eruption undoes
stagnation/ You
didn’t know I
had it in
me
♫”

Where was Bjork when I was growing up? If I had artist’s like Bjork around as a youngster sharing her song like seductions would have made me more curiously lustful towards Mother Nature. Oh well, most recently I’ve been enraptured by Björk’s natural Biophilia reflections after discovering, DJ Ridu’s landmark remix of “Moon;” I wanted to experience more electronic beauty from Björk’s experimentally genius album Biophilia. Biophilia is Björk’s ode to Nature; she described how nature has influenced her music when she told The Atlantic in 2011, “Nature has always been important to me. It has always been in my music. In Reykjavik, Iceland, where I was born, you are in the middle of nature surrounded by mountains and ocean. But you are still in a capital in Europe. So I have never understood why I have to choose between nature or urban. Perhaps it is just a different reality, perhaps people that live in cities abroad only experience nature for two weeks a year in their holiday, and then they experience it as some trip to Disneyland or something. That it isn’t real. I have noticed the magazine shelves in cities have like music papers, porn and then like [National Geographic] describing some lost Utopian world people will never get to see… Sorry, don’t mean to get defensive, but you city folks are the odd ones, not us. Nature hasn’t gone anywhere. It is all around us, all the planets, galaxies and so on. We are nothing in comparison.”

How difficult was creating Biophilia for Björk? For some artists, this would be quite a feat, Bjork doesn’t think nature and technology are such dissimilar sounds as she explained to Evelyn McDonnell in her book Army of She: Icelandic, Iconoclastic, Irrepressible Björk, “Sem>Sometimes I think nature and techno is the same word, it just depends on if it’s [said in the] past or future. One thousand years ago you’d look at a log cabin in the forest, and that would be techno. And now it’s nature.” Björk talked about taking her nature theme and created her whole Magnum Opus that is Biophilia, when she said, “The idea for me was to be self sufficient, have the natural elements in my lap that I could then play by plugging into acoustic instruments. This idea then multiplied and funnily enough became one of the most multilayered albums I have done. The original idea is still very simple. And when you see the show or play with the apps, most people so far have commented on how cut-the-crap it is and simple. It just looks complicated on paper.”

But Björk wasn’t using paper this time; her project was made in conjunction with Apple for she crafted all of Biophilia on her iPad. Producing music on this electronic canvas is new terrain for Björk. Collaborating with Apple, with Biophilia, Björk created one of the first based App albums. Björk described the process it came to work with such a huge international conglomerate as Apple when she said, “When I met Apple, I made it very clear that I am an old punk and I have never done commercials or been sponsored. And I wasn’t after their money. It was simply to make sure that, technologically; they could receive our app box and distribute it. No one had done an app box before, and they were the only ones who could distribute it. They were incredibly welcoming and expressed excitement in the fact that we had picked their tool. They then had to program new stuff.

Björk recently released Bastards, her favorite Biophilia remixes, still waiting for those DJ Ridu mixes to be released, and the best one on this Bastards album has to be These New Puritans Remix featuring Solomon Islands Song. While I loved the minimalistic Ridu mixes of “Moon,” These New Puritans strips away Björk’s original beats by making “Mutual Core” a true global experience in less than four minutes. [Editors Note: We have to admit having a remix under five minutes in this day in age is a fucking treat.] I adore the trip hop like beats in their remix mixed while adding hints of lovely piano chords while capturing Björk’s original attention of mirroring how the moving of the tectonic plates and by pushing them together with effort until you create a mutual core beneath them reflects the intricate dance of intimate human interaction. I urge you to make These New Puritans Remix of “Mutual Core” the next soundtrack, to your most natural electric explorations in the dark. Earthquakes, tectonic shifts and terra firma eruptions never sounded this seductive. Experience the remix enlightened otherworldly beauty of “Mutual Core.”

Have you seen the eye dazzling “Mutual Core”video directed by London based director Andrew Thomas Huang? Huang talked about working with Bjork when he said, “You might think Who would ever make a song about tectonic plates? But one of the things that makes Björk so genius is that she is one of very few artists who attempt to make poetry from science plus music. Typically we associate volcanic activity with anger or ferocity. Björk gets happy when she thinks of a volcano; she thinks it can be positive too. That’s something I hope came through in the video.”

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