Björk sounds great on her new single “Nattura.” Thom Yorke (that guy from Radiohead) adds smeary, windy way-ambient backing vocals, but the most prominent ingredient is Lightning Bolt drummer Brian Chippendale’s dark, heavily tribal percussion. (He also brought that amazing end-times feel to Volta’s “Dull Flame Of Desire.”) This new track, written/produced by Björk, and which includes Matthew Herbert on synth/bass and longstanding ally Mark Bell on electronic beats, might bring you back to Post (or maybe Liars on Enjoyed). Whatever the case, it feels different and darker than Volta.

It’s a definite keeper. Plus, all proceeds from the sale of the track go towards funding the Nattura environmental campaign. (Remember, that’s why she did that show with Sigur Rós at the Botanical Garden on Laugavegur in Reykjavik this past June.)

“Nattura” will be available next Monday (10/20) on nattura.info, where you’ll also find a donation page. As mentioned, 100% of the proceeds go to support Icelandic environmental causes.

[Thumbnail photo by Ohashi Jin via bjork.com.]

Comments (19)
  1. el duderino  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2008 0

    If the two of them got married, her name would be Bjork York.

  2. gigi  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2008 0

    two great artists, one terrible song

    what a shame

  3. Ph  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2008 0

    Did she record that will fighting constipation on her crapper ?

  4. I really don’t like this
    But I like both of them
    This is going to be a problem….like, it’s making my head hurt.
    There is definitely merit to atonal non-metered music, but this is just awkward. It doesn’t work for me.

  5. Steve  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2008 0

    Where’s the Yorke !?

    But you’re right the drums on this are insane, I really like this.

  6. Richie  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2008 0

    I actually think this is pretty good.. Liars is definatley a good reference point. I don’t hear Yorkey boy anywhere on it though – maybe some of those backing vocals? What the hell time signature is that, for any musicians reading.. 7/8 time?

  7. america night apple you green right

  8. Griff  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2008 0

    Bloody Awful. Reminds me of bad Swans tracks.

  9. why am i here  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2008 0

    Congrats to the ten people who got to hear this. Any chance of a re-post?

  10. lydia  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2008 0

    wow this is kind of sad.. do you really think she wanted the song to get out before the date she intended it to be????????? if i was bjork id be disgusted at the people, who i bet wont even donate, who just steal video/song,post it and ruin it for people who LOOK FORWARD to the release.

    ???????????????????

  11. nattural natture  |   Posted on Oct 17th, 2008 0

    um… nice: luv it! …and who says it’s darker than “volta”?! it’s “natturally” brighter! ;-)

  12. T-Cap  |   Posted on Oct 18th, 2008 0

    If I didn’t know beforehand, I’d say she SAMPLED Yorke’s voice.

    But you can hear it…it seems heavily processed, not unlike several songs through Radiohead’s own Kid A/Amnesiac era.

    I love the song, by the way…Yorke’s vocal effects are haunting…they give me the chills…and the percussion is insane.

  13. Bah, Youtube sucks. Or more like the label sucks. Why would you yank a video you want exposed to the world? I don’t get it.

  14. Dy  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    I’m sorry but this is waste of Thom Yorke’s time…any random guy on street could have “participated” to this… i was expecting something more of lines of “ive seen it all” from these 2.

  15. alain gripoix  |   Posted on Nov 8th, 2008 0

    beauté et violence vite l’album en France et quelle belle grande distribution bravo que du bonheur!

  16. Karey  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2009 0

    I love this song, but yes I agree it would be lackluster without Brian Chippendale. I had no idea who he was prior and am now in looveee. Bjork has a way of finding just the right people to collaborate with while keeping her touch. She will always be my favorite and never cease to sting me deep.

  17. The ?uestion Mark  |   Posted on Jan 28th, 2010 0

    I just heard this song for the first time a few days ago and it is awesome ! After the mediocrity and lack of ideas of Volta, it’s good to hear her back full on experimentation. The instrumentation perfectly fits the subject : the drums sound like the Earth rumbling, Yorke’s haunting, aerial backing vocals blow like the wind… this is a perfect metaphor of nature in its stark and terrible beauty ! Bjork is back and she strikes hard, and I feel sorry for all those critics who obviously don’t have a clue what real art is about…

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