Critics are giving Bjork’s recent DJ project a harsh spinning, and she’s fighting back.
When the curtains closed on the Day for Night music festival in Houston, Texas last December, many walked away satisfied from the performances. Why wouldn’t they be? Headliners included Aphex Twin, Odesza and Kaskade, to name but a few.
Also on top billing was veteran Icelandic musician Bjork, in another leg of her foray into Bjork Digital, her latest creation that has many entranced. But when the dust settled and the reviews came out, she wasn’t too happy about what she read.
“Some media could not get their head around that I was not “performing” and “hiding” behind desks, and my male counterparts not. And I think this is sexism,” she wrote in a charged Facebook post that has since gathered tens of thousands of likes, shares, and comments.
A top comment on the post seemed to side with critics: “As a woman who was at the show, I don’t feel this was sexism. I was literally standing 100 ft away from the stage and until seeing this post was not certain that Bjork was physically on the stage.”
“All I could see was the tops of some trees. There were no graphics or cameras. It could have had a more enjoyable experience in my own living room listening to a playlist. Many people traveled hundreds of miles to see you and they literally couldn’t. Perhaps some work on communing with the audience is in order?”
The 51-year-old artist is no stranger to going against the tide, having been known for her uniqueness throughout a career spanning three decades. In her post, she went on to say that “women in music are allowed to be singer songwriters singing about their boyfriends. If they change the subject matter to atoms, galaxies, activism, nerdy math beat editing, or anything else than being performers singing about their loved ones they get criticised: journalists feel there is just something missing… as if our only lingo is emo.”
However, the rant ended on a positive note, with Bjork acknowledging that “change is in the air” and that “we are walking inside it.”
“Let’s make 2017 the year where we fully make the transformation!!! The right to variety for all the girls out there!!!” she added.
Is there really a need to change our expectations of female artists? Or was Bjork’s reaction misplaced?
Via The Guardian