Bjork teams up with Antony & The Johnsons
Bjork works with Timbaland on new album
Bjork has teamed up with Antony Hegarty from Antony & the Johnsons on her new album.
Details of the collaboration were posted on her Bjork.com on January 18 by the site's "official correspondent" Meester Fly.
According to the post, Bjork has worked "with numerous people from truly different backgrounds" on the new album. Hegarty duets on two tracks and Justin Timberlake producer Timbaland has worked on a further two.
According to the post the singer and producer: "met for a couple of sessions and laid down some beats for two tracks, 'then I took these tracks and worked on them further' says Bjork. This is true, as I hear that she has taken them to another level."
The singer has also worked with Lightning Bolt's Brian Chippendale and Mark Bell, who also collaborated with the star on her 1997 album '****genic'.
Musicians Chris Corsano, Konono nr.1 and Toumani Diabate also appear.
The album is still being worked on, according to Meester Fly, who explained: "More work is being done in the next few weeks on the new record. It has not got a name. The record is scheduled for a late spring release." http://www.nme.com/news/bjork/25932
Bjork Taps Antony, Timbaland, Lightning Bolt for LP
Plus Konono N°1, Toumani Diabate, Chris Corsano; album due "late spring"
Photo by Leó Stefánsson
Anticipate! The Björk countdown has bjegun: according to a recent post on the Icelandic songstress's official website by the mysterious Meester Fly (high five to a reader for the tip), Björk has commenced work on her latest LP, the follow-up to 2004's Medulla-- and she's rounded up quite the little rodeo of special guests and collaborators.
Laying previous doubts to waste, the record will in fact feature a pair of duets with androgynous dude-about-town Antony. It's due in "late spring" and also boasts "some beats" from red-hot producer Timbaland on a couple tracks, "percussive delights" from Lightning Bolt's Brian Chippendale, electric thumb piano magic from Konono N°1 (but you knew that), Kora action from Toumani Diabate, and additional drum-work from Chris Corsano.
Icelandic scribe Sjón contributes some lyrics, and frequent Björk producer Mark Bell is involved once again. There's no title yet, says Meester Fly, who also reports that "nothing sounds really familiar about this experience." The presence of "beats" and "drums" and, um, instruments leads us to believe this won't sound much like Medulla.
Last but not least: Björk will be touring! No details yet, but she will have a band, and, if the words of Meester Fly are to be believed, "We are in for a treat."
As previously reported, Björk covers Joni Mitchell's "Boho Dance" on the forthcoming Joni tribute on Nonesuch, due out this spring.