We want to dwell a little with the Grapevine article, as we get an insight into the work Björk has been doing with The Dirty Projectors, Ólöf Arnalds, Antony Hegarty and ofcourse Moomin.
Of the Dirty Projectors project:
"The first one to appear is the one I made with Dirty Projectors. It’s an EP called ‘Mount Wittenberg Orca’ that’s being sold on-line [www.mountwittenbergorca.com] and all the proceeds are going to creating international marine protected areas, in cooperation with the National Geographic society." and:
"And it’s been great, the whole process. There was so much positive energy, and the collaboration was really fertile. Hats off to all of them! It could have been so complicated, me with my world and they with theirs. But it wasn’t, not at all. "
"With Ólöf, I really get energized from hanging around with her. She has heaps of creativity surrounding her, and the energy is infectious, like what happens between her and Davíð Þór [Jónsson, stellar Icelandic musician]. It’s exciting. For that project, I really didn’t mean to butt in like that, but she played me a song and as soon as I heard it, a vocal to go with it popped in my head. I didn’t tell her about it, I thought it was a really tacky thing to do, but when I heard the track for a second time the vocal part jumped out again." www.olofarnalds.com
Late singalong nights with Antony:
"After I went to bed, Antony stayed up all night, recording vocals and harmonising all my gibberish with these lush four part harmonies, effectively making a choir out of it."
"I am very happy that he finally used it, I was always very thankful that he made the trip to Jamaica to make a song with me, and it is beautiful that we can stream the energy back and he can use something from the sessions. It is all very healthy." Antony and the Johnsons
And last but not least the Moomins:
That was very joyous. They contacted me and asked me to write music for the film. After seeing a screening copy, I agreed to write the title track, and I asked Sjón to write the lyrics. The film looks great, and I feel it is much truer to the Moomin spirit than some of these Moomin things I’ve seen, which often stray from the original stories, have all these pastel colours and depict the Moomins as being all cute.
For the full interview skirt along to Reykjavik Grapevine.