Let’s start with the actual meaning… Love of life or living systems. The connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life. It suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems, the urge to affiliate with other forms of life.
Long ago I had the pleasure of having one on one time with Bjork when she was touring with 808 State and before her solo album release. She had a cute Rave style with a little stuffed animal backpack, her voice had a soft, crackling kindness but I knew the power that layed within.
Moon: The only natural satellite of the Earth.
One instrument with multiple layered vocals, a very signature sound of Bjorks, one of many. Her voice sooths as you hear familiar vocal runs and harmonies that has been her trademark for years. Her message seems to be about rebirth, starting new by failing miserably… start again.
Thunderbolt: A symbolic representation of incidents of observed lightning when accompanied by a loud thunderclap.
Cello and bjork start off as her angelic voice pulls you in. Her use of a Polysynth and electronic drum programming work perfectly with her less is more approach.
Crystalline: Being, relating to, or composed of crystal or crystals.
Her choice of synth sounds like the words she sings… crystals growing from your feet like plants. The beat is a little more heavy with electro swirling snares but leaves space for your musical imagination. Go ahead and turn up the bass dail she gives us a taste of 808. At the end of the song the beat goes BOOMTASTIC with hard “Goldie” like Jungle, sounds like 1997 ah a good year it was.
Cosmonogy: Any scientific theory concerning the coming into existence (or origin) of either the cosmos (or universe) or the so-called “reality” of sentient beings.
Bjork sings of the start of our universe.
Dark Matter: In astronomy and cosmology, dark matter is a type of matter hypothesized to account for a large part of the total massin the universe.
I believe she’s singing about the Earth and Sun’s relationship. It starts with an underwater monkey grinder type organ, painting an intense picture of a planet floating in the darkness. If you close your eyes try to imagine yourself in a spacesuit working on a satellite with Earth in the far off distance.
Hollow: Having a cavity, gap, or space within.
Plucking orchestral synth with organ and Homogenic remanence of slightly distorted rhythms are the backbone while she sings about her Icelandic ancestors that she is a part of.
Virus: A small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism.
Bjork takes you into the mind of a virus if a virus had a mind. Although we think of a virus to be harmful this song gives us a different take, a more harmless and cute vision. The Science channel should get their hands on this track.
Sacrifice: The offering of food, objects or the lives of animals to a higher purpose
This song tell of the sacrifice a woman gives to be with a man. The instruments again are unique and one of a kind with a touching chorus. The beat programmed has a galloping bounce jumping in and out of the song. Men take note of this song “Your generosity will show in the volume of her glow”. I am reminded to appreciate my female counterpart.
Mutual Core: Having the same relationship each to the other, the central part of a galaxy and the inner core of the Earth.
The beat that kicks in at 2 minutes and 8 seconds hits hard with a slight dubstep flavor but it’s done tastefully in the Bjork tradition of beat and rhythm. Her landscaping rhythms compliment as the organ sustains your brain. Bjork describes love as gigantic as tectonic plates and eruptions.
Solstice: An astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination.
What gives us life, what keeps us warm, what do we wait for each day, what gives us light… The Sun. Bjork ends the album with the description of what keeps us alive, our planet’s gaurdian angel.
This albums tells a story of the universe, creation and our existence. A wonderful piece of musical theatre for your senses that only Bjork knows how to portray.
*Definitions referenced from Wikipedia