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elcome to the fantastical
world of the category def ying
Bjork, where it appears that
rainbows are sepia, mirages
3D and butterflies have razor sharp fangs.
Her latest a lbum, which is a compilation
of remixed tracks from her Biophilia release,
s ees her extending her kaleidoscopic vision
julia and the deeP sea sirens
(Positive FeedBack) (alt. Folk)
Canberra-b ased singer/songwriter/
musician, Julia Johnson, ha s
fronted the Deep Se a Sirens for
8 yea rs and the togetherne ss is
really beginning to show.
Family Pets is an album of many
s hade s, full of gentle tempos, intere sting
instrumentation (the autoharp being
Johnson’s tool of choic e), a nd a voice that
casually transforms from sweet and bird-like
to f ull voiced excl amations with apparently
to incorporate c ollaborations with the likes
of Huds on Mohawke and Omar Souleyman.
A fascinating experiment, with the
original album having been presented a s
a multimedia exploration of nature a nd
technology with each song available as a n
individual app, it is really quite a logical
step for Bjork to present the songs again in a
series of new shape shifting mixes.
And the results a re simply astonishing.
This is not obvious music, nor is it
straightforward and there are no instant
hooks to snare you in.
What she presents, however, is quite
unique – elliptical in approach and
tantalisingly out of reach from the norm.
Her voice warbles and careens through
wa she s of atmospheric clouds of music,
at times soft and willowy, at others dark
With Bjork the possibilities are seemingly
endless. It may not be to your taste but the
experience is unforgettable.
A strange sensation.
little effort – check out Goodbye Party’s
vocal athletics for an ear-opening
e xp erience.
The way she ta ckle s the melodies is
much like Sarah Blasko, veering from
sonorous purr to carefree frivolous joy,
peppered with explosive leaps.
All of which are engagingly mirrored
by the accompaniment, particularly on
numbers like Nichol a s Told Me, where the
understated interplay bet ween c ello and
low perc ussion is quite remarkable.
Elsewhere, L ittle Surprises is radio-
friendly and rela xed with its simple
wordless refrain, while Acquaintance Of
Mine is a candid and brilliantly succinct
self examination set to a funereal waltz step.
These are songs of beauty and sparkle
that range from bleak to delightful, all the
while remaining acutely melodic.
There’s a n hone sty in the performa nc es
that greets you with open arms making it
easy and inviting for the listener to step
inside the music.
MusiC reViews By Phil Bennett
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