Boomkat Product Review:
*Limited Edition reissue on Brown vinyl* Here's what we said about Medulla when it first came out: "Going through another baffling pre-recording arrangement of ideas Bjork finally hit on making 'Medúlla' (translated as marrow in latin) an album mostly stripped bare of acoustic and electronic instrumentation. Instead all the music had to originate from the human voice, hooking up with Mike Patton, Rahzel, Robert Wyatt, Kelis, plus other lesser known artists and choirs from the UK and Iceland. Where music does creep in it's handled by Olivier Alary from Ensemble, Mark Bell, Matmos, Mark 'Spike' Stent (basically Bjork's backroom boys). Track highlights include the glacially electronic shimmer of 'Where Is The Line', 'Triumph Of A Heart' goes back to the 'Big Time Sensuality' vibe connected with 'Debut', with a dope human trombone accompaniment and dual beatbox attack. 'Mouth's Cradle' is about the wonder of breast feeding, an amazing cross pollination of choral voices, rapid tone chord changes and Bjork's voice driven by a kaos pad while a low riding human beatbox from Rahzel bumps this track along. 'Who Is It' is the poppiest track on this album and an absolute blast with Rahzel on amazing multi layered single take beatboxing form. 'Piano II' ventures into what Bjork calls emotional throat singing, wild sounds emit from the mysterious artist Tagaq who features on other tracks in a less confrontational manner - wild. My personal favourite is 'Submarine', a divine collaboration with the godlike Robert Wyatt, beautiful and beyond compare - mysterious and haunting, a musical equivalent of a foggy night by the docks watching the ships slowing swaying..."