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This liquid quality of Drawing Restraint 9 (as material, as allegory, and as setting) allows Björk a unique opportunity to draw upon the full range of her manifold talents, and the result is a stunning new collection of music: delicate single instrument studies for harp, harpsichord, and celeste, large orchestral masses scored for trumpet, trombone, and oboe, sinewy electronic basslines, children's choir, boiling cauldrons of noise, and, throughout, her singular, elemental voice.

In a manner recalling the acapella experimentation on the all-vocal Medulla album, Björk's voice is here treated as both an instrument and as a strikingly flexible source of texture, heard in close-mic-ed whispers, lo-fi recordings to Dictaphone, and in wildly distorted howls. But Björk's voice is just one instrument within the overall vision that drives the soundtrack; as befits an artwork about the creative possibilities of restraint, she largely eschews the first person songwriting mode familiar from her previous post-Sugarcubes solo albums.

The one exception to this is Gratitude, the song which begins the soundtrack. In the film's moving opening sequence, we hear Will Oldham sing in English the text of a letter from a Japanese citizen to General MacArthur thanking him for lifting the U.S. moratorium on whaling off the nation's coasts; this text was adapted by Matthew Barney and set to music by Björk for harp, here played by Zeena Parkins. Its delicate delivery acknowledges the folk-culture roots of whaling, while it also subtly flags the barbed history and politics surrounding its source text.

Tracklist:

{01} gratitude
{02} pearl
{03} ambergris march
{04} bath
{05} hunter vessel
{06} shimenawa
{07} vessel shimenawa
{08} storm
{09} holographic entrypoint
{10} cetacea
{11} antarctic return

Trailer from the film Drawing Restraing 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ILebV0n36E

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This liquid quality of Drawing Restraint 9 (as material, as allegory, and as setting) allows Björk a unique opportunity to draw upon the full range of her manifold talents, and the result is a stunning new collection of music: delicate single instrument studies for harp, harpsichord, and celeste, large orchestral masses scored for trumpet, trombone, and oboe, sinewy electronic basslines, children's choir, boiling cauldrons of noise, and, throughout, her singular, elemental voice.

In a manner recalling the acapella experimentation on the all-vocal Medulla album, Björk's voice is here treated as both an instrument and as a strikingly flexible source of texture, heard in close-mic-ed whispers, lo-fi recordings to Dictaphone, and in wildly distorted howls. But Björk's voice is just one instrument within the overall vision that drives the soundtrack; as befits an artwork about the creative possibilities of restraint, she largely eschews the first person songwriting mode familiar from her previous post-Sugarcubes solo albums.

The one exception to this is Gratitude, the song which begins the soundtrack. In the film's moving opening sequence, we hear Will Oldham sing in English the text of a letter from a Japanese citizen to General MacArthur thanking him for lifting the U.S. moratorium on whaling off the nation's coasts; this text was adapted by Matthew Barney and set to music by Björk for harp, here played by Zeena Parkins. Its delicate delivery acknowledges the folk-culture roots of whaling, while it also subtly flags the barbed history and politics surrounding its source text.

Tracklist:

{01} gratitude
{02} pearl
{03} ambergris march
{04} bath
{05} hunter vessel
{06} shimenawa
{07} vessel shimenawa
{08} storm
{09} holographic entrypoint
{10} cetacea
{11} antarctic return

Trailer from the film Drawing Restraing 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ILebV0n36E

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