Björk has collaborated with the Icelandic Hamrahlid Choir for a new version of her track ‘Cosmogony’. Originally taken from Björk’s 2012 album Biophilia, the acapella rendition of the track was first performed by the Hamrahlíð Choir at the premiere performance of Björk’s Cornucopia show at The Shed, New York, last year. Check it out below.
“i was myself in this choir when i was 16 and i think every single icelandic musician you have ever heard of was brought up and musically baptised by [Hamrahlid Choir founder Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir],” Björk explained in a statement on social media. “þorgerður is a legend in iceland and has guarded optimism and the light in the tumultuous times that teenagedom is. she has also encouraged and commissioned dozens of choir music from all of icelands most prominant composers for half a century or so.”
The new version of ‘Cosmogony’ will appear on the Hamrahlid Choir’s upcoming album Come and Be Joyful, set for release on December 4 via One Little Independent Records (f.k.a. One Little Indian). The record will also see Björk contribute a new version of her Medúlla composition ‘Sonnets’.
"i was myself in this choir when i was 16 and i think every single icelandic musician you have ever heard of was brought up and musically baptised by this miraculous woman"
the hamrahlid choir’s album ‘come and be joyful’ is available now for pre-order : https://t.co/HWntOjmIje pic.twitter.com/f3OvjUm8T0
— björk (@bjork) November 6, 2020