So yeah, I saw Biophilia last night, and it was absolutely astounding!!!
Seriously.... I'm not sure I'd ever felt anything like it before. It was complete audio immersion, and completely visual too. The stage was a square, with custom-made instruments all around.... and the audience stand 360 degrees around. The show was introduced by the legendary David Attenborough, and he instroducted each song from the new album with a few words of what aspects of the universe the song was inspired by
The use of the instruments inspired by the Earth and universe gave me goosebumps! The first song Thunderbolt used some static electric machine for the bassline. It worked wonderfully, and looked amazing. The smell it produced reminded me of rain! The song Solstice used a gravity pendulum machine. On reading about this, I thought it would be used to produce something quite noisy and bassy, but I was wrong! The four pendulums swung and at the bottoms of them were strings which turned to be plucked, making the most delicate and lovely of sounds! It was really quite special! The whole thing was.... I am a hippy at heart and to be immersed in a musical project inspired completely by the world, the universe around us and the power of us being a part of that was pretty magical!
Most of all, Bjork herself was on top form. Her voice was so clear and controlled and powerful. The last time I saw her for Volta live (and as heard in the Voltaic DVD, her voice sounded quite deep and verging on hoarse... so it was very good to be able to able to hear it so crisp and passionate!)
It's Not Up To You
Where Is the Line?
All Is Full of Love