Björk announces release date for new album ‘Biophilia,’ unveils a super-expensive ‘Ultimate Edition’

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It may be about two months away yet, but the four-year wait for Björk’s new album now has an increasingly bright light at the end of the tunnel. On Tuesday, the Icelandic art-pop queen announced that ‘Biophilia’ would be released Sep. 27 via Nonesuch/One Little Indian.

Following the re-launch of the album’s website last month, the kaleidoscopic, electro dreamscapes of new songs ‘Crystalline’ and ‘Cosmogony’ have whetted fans’ appetites. Toying with our quenchless thirst for interactive tablet technology, an app version of the album with mind-bending visual interpretations of the songs is available on iTunes today.


Of course, the ballyhooed return of Björk hasn’t come without its share of old-school decadence. Allow us to introduce you to the ‘Ultimate Edition’ of the new album. If you’ve got the cash, this $800 (!) package is all you need to declare your supreme allegiance to your swan dress-wearing idol. But what could you possibly get for that amount of dough?

Each pricey package includes the album, encased in ‘black uncoated board wallets’ and a lacquered and silkscreened oak-hinged lid case. Then you’ve got the ‘Biophilia Manual,’ a ’48-page, full-color, hardbound, cloth-covered and thread-sewn book tipped on lenticular panel to the front cover with a foil-blocked spine and back cover.’ And don’t forget about your new batch of sonic accessories.

Each ‘Ultimate Edition’ holder will get a set of ’10 chrome-plated tuning forks, silkscreened on one face in 10 different colors, stamped at the back and presented in a flock tray. Each fork is adjusted to the tone of a Biophilia track, covering a complete octave in a non-conventional scale.’

Got all that? If you’re still on board, you have only until Aug. 12 to pre-order, so start saving now.


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