I came across a video of current successful Swedish pop princess Robyn doing a version of Bjork‘s Hyperballad today. She performed the song with a full orchestra at the Polar Music Prize ceremony. Bjork was one of the recipients of the award, and was sitting right in front of Robyn as she sang.
It’s awful. I hate to say that since I love Bjork and Robyn, but Robyn does not have the chops to belt out such a vocal heavy song such as Hyperballad. I felt a little uncomfortable watching the blonde pixie dressed up as the “president of the Philipines”, struggle with the loud high notes. Bjork didn’t seem to happy either. Look at her expression at 1:42, eeps. I’d be a little peeved if I were her too if someone covered a 15 year old song of mine, considering all the great music I’ve been putting out since then.
I had high hopes for this before I heard it. Robyn has some great emotional songs, and it would seem like she could really give a powerful performance of the song, but she doesn’t put any life into it. When I saw Bjork perform this at Sasquatch back in 2007 it was one of the most thrilling live performances I’ve ever seen.
First off, let’s get this out of the way that I’m SO jealous that Alex got to see Robyn & Kelis in concert in LA over the weekend – Amazing. That being said, I woke up this morning to a new video from Robyn for her single, “Hang With Me,” which is…you know…almost as good as seeing her and Kelis in concert. Wah wah.
Robyn’s videos are always incredibly visually stimulating and this one is no exception. There’s a lot going on in this video. Robyn invites you to hang with her in this video as she portrays herself…performing in concert, traveling, signing autographs for fans, and just hanging out – showing more of her real life and what that must be like, rather than just a story that goes along with the lyrics.
After her tour with Kelis, she’s releasing Body Talk Part 2 on September 6th which will contain a duet with none other than Snoop Dogg.
This past Friday I was lucky enough to score tickets to the All Hearts Tour with co-headliners Robyn and Kelis and it was so, so good. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, living in LA provides so many opportunities to see amazing music acts. If you get the chance to visit, or even move down, there is never a shortage of entertainment no matter what your flava.
Ok, so back to Robyn/Kelis. The night opened up at The Music Box with Dan Black (?), which I missed because LA traffic can be crazy, I’m always late and I have no idea who Dan Black is. Next on stage was Kelis and she not only rocked it, but is now my inspiration for Halloween. Homegirl was lookin’ fierce in a Romy & Michelle-esque shiny pink halter-paint outfit and silver beaded Cleopatra-style wig. Most people know Kelis from her hit songs ‘Milkshake‘ and ‘Bossy,’ but with her new album Flesh Tone, she’s gettin’ the gays attention while still pleasing the straights. My favorite songs off the album are ‘Acapella,’ ‘4th of July‘ and ‘Scream,’ all of which she performed Friday. Only complaint was that her mic seemed really low and she already has a deep voice, so it was kind of hard to hear her, other than that – loved her.
“Don’t F*cking Tell Me What To Do“! Well, actually she does. Robyn premiered her new web video for that track. It’s the first 3D video entirely written in code with content being fed by fans via Twitter. The video is a unique experience with every view as it re- generates with each loading of the URL. The first portion of the video features visualization of Robyn’s lyrics in 3D.
The rest of the video is created by users themselves who tweet in what is killing them using the Twitter hash tag, #killingme. These tweets are themselves visualized and credited to the user. The video has the potential to become the infinite video as users can continue to add on to the endless stream of #killingme comments. How awesome is that?
Robyn + Alicia Keys. What a perfect way to end a week. When I first heard Robyn had covered Alicia Keys’ hit “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart“, I had to Google it immediately. After checking it out, it felt like Christmas in June. It was two of my favorite things jammed up in a nicely packaged four minutes.
Robyn dropped by BBC1′s Live Lounge to promote her album, “Body Talk Pt. 1” which dropped this week. During her live session, the Swedish pop star performed two songs. The aforementioned cover of Alicia’s track and Robyn’s current hit “Dancing On My Own“.
I love hearing Robyn’s signature pop vocals on Alicia’s heart-aching R&B ballad. There’s a sense of an innocent pained soulfulness to Robyn’s interpretation of the track. It literally sent tingles up my spine.
I’ve been listening to this song for a while (just love it), and I’m so glad the video doesn’t disappoint! This Swede is definitely in her own category with her sound and visual aesthetic. As Redd mentioned yesterday in the Behind The Scenes look, this video was directed by Max Vitali and she looks hot! The video certainly helps to create a mood and canvas that matches the lyrics.
Robyn can do no wrong in my eyes. Who else can sing about the same thing over and over and still make it as catchy as the last track? “Dancing on my own” falls in the same genre/topic as one of my all time favorite tracks of hers, “Be Mine” where she sings about being heartbroken and seeing the guy with another girl that wasn’t her.
The single is available to download from June 14th (June 1st in the US), with Body Talk Pt. 1, which also includes Fembot and None Of Dem (with Röyksopp), in stores on June 14th on CD and Download. Can’t wait!
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Robyn’s upcoming video to be released tomorrow for “Dancing On My Own”. I love Robyn and her unique music style. I can’t wait for her album to come out! I love songs about heart break and loneliness lol Directed by Max Vitali & Choreographed by Decida.
I feel like at a certain point in spring, there was a bit of a dry spell with a lack of new/good music coming out. Lately, that is not the case. As we gear up for summer and outdoor weather, we’re all on the look out for those perfect summer songs. Well, there’s a lot to choose from and let’s hope they keep ‘em coming!
I’ve selected five songs that I have playing in my iTunes right now. One is called All The Lovers from Kylie Minogue, and that track just dropped today. It’s very Kylie and of course that means you’ll love it. Another track is from Kelis’ new EP album Flesh Tone, and the track is called 22nd Century. To be honest, I could have picked almost any of the tracks from her new album because they’re all hot and although just a short EP album, it’s definitely one of the albums of the summer.
Check Them Out!