“Declare Independence” is undoubtedly one of the best tracks from Volta. Unfortunately, the technically complex Michel Gondry video fails to tap the track’s emotional power, but when Björk performs the anthem live and does something as seemingly simple as give a shout out to actual States or prospective States fighting for self-governing, the goosebumps start popping. As you’ve likely heard, she’s taken some shit for dedicating the song to Kosovo, Tibet, etc. Here she is in action.
(Via Daily Swarm)
Yup, as might be expected, all sorts of feathers were ruffled — Björk’s opted not to play the Serbian EXIT festival, for example — so she decided to issue a statement.
Via Björk’s website:
i have been asked by many for a statement after dedicating my song “declare independence” to both kosovo and tibet (amongst others) on different occasions.
i would like to put importance on that i am not a politician, i am first and last a musician and as such i feel my duty to try to express the whole range of human emotions. the urge for declaring independence is just one of them but an important one that we all feel at some times in our lives. this song was written more with the personal in mind but the fact that it has translated to its broadest meaning, the struggle of a suppressed nation, gives me much pleasure. i would like to wish all individuals and nations good luck in their battle for independence.
In less politically charged news, we also have some stills from the forthcoming video for “Wanderlust.” Come to think of it, Volta’s fairly political to its core. Something else critics who’ve dismissed it missed in their bitching about the production. Anyhow, let your eyes wander over these “Wanderlust” stills.