Hamrahlíð Choir Releasing ‘Come On Be Joyful’ w/ a Pair of Björk Collabs
There have been no small number of instances over the years, where the music of that Angel of Reykjavik better known to the wider word as Björk has helped to get us through particularly difficult times. So, obviously, we need her now more than ever.
And just in time for this second wave of fear and uncertainty, she has delivered us unto hopefulness with an inspiring new collaboration with fellow Icelanders the Hamrahlíð Choir—of which she was actually a member as a young girl. The choir actually appeared on Bjork’s 2018 release Utopia; and the ethereal songstress returns the gesture with a pair of guest spots on their new, hearteningly titled album Come On Be Joyful.
The first single, the choralized ‘Cosmogony,’ feels now rife with Scandinavian folk tradition, yet may be the only choral work in the history of everything that lyrically explores astrophysics and the origins of the species; but Björk, naturally, has a way of even imbuing science with an ineffable sense of romance. And this week comes the second collab, ‘Sonnets,’ a reworking of her 2004 track of the same name—set to a poem by e e cummings—which first appeared on the album Medulla. (The Iceland music scene does tend towards the familial, and holistic.)
Both will appear on the aforementioned album Come On Be Joyful, a collection of stunningly reimagined Icelandic folk songs, which will see release this Friday, December 4. Notably, the Hamrahlíð Choir performed with Björk for her Cornucopia shows at The Shed in New York City last year, for what was to become a genuinely landmark performance. So, of course, we hope we get to see them on a stage together again sooner than later.