Watch Björk’s first TV performance in eight years on 'Jools Holland'
The Icelandic singer was surrounded by a splash of greenery and was accompanied by an impressive choir of flutists for the show
In the last eight year, Icelandic songbird Björk has released three studio albums — 2011’s 'Biophilia', 2015’s 'Vulnicura', and last year’s 'Utopia'. With that in mind, it would be quite hard to digest the fact that in all those years, she has never made a single TV appearance.
All that changed on Tuesday when the multi-faceted actor/singer/songwriter/producer made a rare television appearance on BBC’s premier music variety show 'Later... with Jools Holland'.
For her first TV performance in eight years, Björk brought an ensemble of woodwind players, including a grand choir of flutists for renditions of 'Courtship' from 'Utopia' and 'The Anchor Song' from her 1993 album 'Debut'.
Björk had previously expressed interest in releasing a live version of 'Utopia' featuring more flutes, and if last night's show is supposed to be a preview, then we can't simply wait for the whole shebang. Watch the performances below:
Björk will also be the leading musical guest on the extended 'Later... with Jools Holland' programme on Saturday, May 26, where she's expected to showcase at least one more track for the show.
The Icelandic artist is currently promoting her November 2017 album ‘Utopia’, which she will bring to the new London festival All Points East this weekend. She’ll follow that up with a stop in Barcelona, Spain the following weekend as an essential part of this year’s massive Primavera Sound lineup.
As Pitchfork points out, Björk was recently the subject of a documentary series by WeTransfer alongside Jesse Kanda, the artist she collaborated with for her 'Arisen My Senses' video. This Friday, her new three-track remix EP will be available on “Slug genitalia white colored” vinyl. Pre-orders are available here.
Björk was also joined by the original line-up of The Breeders, who stopped by for a performance of 'Wait in the Car' (from their new album 'All Nerve') and 1993’s 'Cannonball.' Check out the hair-raising performances below: