Björk's New York City residency, about seven shows over two months plus a retrospective at MoMA, is a dream come true for fans and, fortunately at least, her live show delivers.
Björk, along with collaborator Arca, is currently nearing the end of a series of shows in New York City in support of her latest album, Vulnicura. After a couple of nights at Carnegie Hall and a couple at the new Brooklyn venue King's Theater, Björk will wrap up the mini-residency at NY City Center (two performances remain). So far, every night has featured almost the entirety of Björk's latest album Vulnicura, a breakup record, with the addition of the Alarm Will Sound string ensemble and Manu Delago on percussion. Although I had never seen Björk before, I know she's a cutting edge artist on many levels -- visually, fashionably, sonically. So it was no surprise to see some of her fans have a unique fashion sense of their own. Of course, their attire couldn't be topped by Björk's own -- she had donned a unique spiky headdress from designer Maiko Takeda for the first half of her performance.
As for the performance itself, NYCTaper has some nice words about the show, "The austere setting was right for the somber nature of the first set of the show as Björk moved chronologically through the first six tracks of Vulnicura — appropriate since the album itself chronicles the deterioration of the relationship in stages... the second set represented a very clear shift in attitude. Björk reappeared in a playful purple outfit with her hair down and proceeded to prance around the stage while playing a series of classic material". They highly recommend catching an upcoming show if possible but if not, NYCTaper was able to produce a recording of the first night at City Center that has since been removed at the request of Björk's label.
For those looking for an even stronger Björk fix, The Museum of Modern Art opened a retrospective on her career in advance of these shows. It features her costumes, music videos and more over the years. Unfortunately however, it was resoundingly panned by critics. That, and the lack of audio from the show is all the more reason to see her live yourself. Check out photos from the NY City Center show below.
History of Touches
Pleasure is all Mine
Come to Me
All Neon Like
I See Who You Are
Sun in my Mouth
03/28 – New York, NY @ City Center
04/01 – New York, NY @ City Center
06/05-07 - Governors Ball @ Randall's Island, NY