Boomkat Product Review:
One of Björk’s lesser-known yet definitive studio albums, her soundtrack for ex-partner, visual artist Matthew Barney’s art film ‘Drawing Restraint 9’, is reissued in its original single LP edition
First released in 2005, the soundtrack to ‘Restraint 9’ - one of 19 separate parts in a series - accompanies an unconventional love story set in Japan. The narrative revolves themes such as the Shinto religion, the tea ceremony, the history of whaling, and the supplantation of blubber with refined petroleum for oil, all rendered in Barney’s peerless imagery and attention to detail.
Björk was famously partnered to Matthew Barney between 2000-2013, and her ‘Vulnicura’  album is about their breakup. Long before that, however, she supplied the enchanted music for ‘Restraint 9’, which is notable for the major absence of her own vocals, save for three songs. Rather, she was heavily involved with the production and performance, roping in figures such as Akira Rabelais, Bedroom Community-Founder Valgeir Sigurdsson, Mark Bell aka LFO, Leila, Zeena Parkins, Nico Muhly and and a Japanese children’s choir to help her accentuate the film’s striking look.