“Body Memory” — Björk

“Body Memory” — Björk

Sounds Like:

“Threading an ocean through a needle” — Björk

Why You Should Care:

You could make a sound argument for any moment in Björk’s long and evolving career as a musical icon. Her escalating musical complexity and embrace of different styles and technologies (in artful ways, never as a gimmick) stem from her pouring her entire heart into every last moment of a project, using the flow of her own life as a lyrical and musical guide.

Björk’s’s latest, Utopia, has been widely cited as a comeback from the “breakup” vibes of 2015’s Vulnicura. The recurring theme is of her re-engaging with a part of the self that she had lost during her separation and estrangement from long-time partner Michael Barney — namely her sensual self. “Body Memory” could represent the whole 14-track (71 minutes, 38 seconds) epic poem on its own, structurally and sonically, with light, airy flutes supported by intensifying rhythmic breaks (almost like memories) as the song develops.

With its lyrical undercurrent of being “trapped in a legal harness,” “Body Memory” is as literal as Björk ever gets, alluding to the pain of her separation before embracing the excitement and chaos of love life head-on again.

“Body Memory” was released on Utopia on November 24, 2017. Experience this song on your next snowy mountain road trip.

Episode 103: Björk - Vulnicura / Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again

Episode 103: Björk - Vulnicura / Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again

On this week’s podcast we’re doubling down on the album reviews to make sure no good record gets left behind in 2015. First up, Björk is back with what many are calling her best album in years, Vulnicura. An eccentric, esoteric journey through heartbreak and loss, is it everything a Björk fan could want, or something…else? Then we take a look at On Your Own Love Again, the sophomore release from acclaimed lo-fi folk artist Jessica Pratt.  PLUS!! Grammy talk, timeless musical mood-setting advice for your college experience,and the last word on a story that has gone too far: Jack White’s guacamole. Get ready to have your heart strings tugged and your romantical skills enhanced on Episode 103 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!

Episode 99: Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues

Episode 99: Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues

On our latest podcast, Astra Via’s Jarret Nicolay joins the gang in the basement to talk about the The Phosphorescent Blues, the latest album from prog-grass forerunners Punch Brothers! PLUS! Bjork tells the pirates where they can stick it by officially releasing Vulnicura months before it was due, and new music from much hyped up-and-comer Natalie Prass! The curmudgeon flows strong in Episode 99 of ChunkyGlasses: THE PODCAST!

ROCKTOBER 2012: 1997 - Everything Is Gonna Be OK

1997 was a year in transition for the music industry.  As Chunky Rusty noted in his paean to 1996, the mid to late 1990s found the music industry uneasily poised between the business models of the past and an uncertain digital future.  While (as anyone who was in college in 1997 can tell you) folks had already discovered how to upload their music to the Internet and share it with friends, the process was still unwieldy for most (IRC / FTP sites anyone?).  Napster was still two years away from release and broadband Internet was not yet widely available outside of the dorm.  As such, the CD, with its $17.99 price tag (or life ruining Columbia House subscription) was still the king of the home listening market.  And, if CD was king, radio was its ubiquitous, frequently annoying herald.

If 1997 is not the year with the most overplayed, persistent radio earworms in history, it must be in the top-5.  It is as though the music industry saw the changing landscape and, in a pre-emptive move to retain a stranglehold on the listening habits of the American populace, launched an all-out assault on the nation’s earholes.  But don’t take my word for it.  Rather, take a listen to this list of 9 radio mainstays from 1997 that you will be unable to get out of your head for the next week:

Put these in your ear and, uh, smoke em.

You’re welcome…and I didn’t even bother to include some of the truly execrable crap that was unleashed on the listening public that year like Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love and its ubiquitous single “My Heart Will Go On.”