Icelandic group The Hamrahlíð Choir are releasing the first single ‘Cosmogony’, taken from their upcoming album ‘Come and be Joyful’. Written by Björk and Sjón, ‘Cosmogony’ is an entirely acapella work which was first performed by the Hamrahlíð Choir at the premiere performance of Björk’s critically acclaimed Cornucopia show at The Shed, New York, last year.
Warm and joyous the wonderful harmonies that rise out of the silence make this a beautiful meditative piece. Almost a folk chant in places, Björk and Sjón have blended the choirs voices to create a huge wall of choral sound.
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‘Come and be Joyful’ features Icelandic folk songs along with two collaborative Björk covers – ‘Cosmogony’ & ‘Sonnets’, based on Björk’s own arrangements. The album is built out from the choir’s phenomenal support set at the Cornucopia live shows, with additional tracks added following the end of the tour.
Björk herself was a member of the choir as a teenager, and as a result has been a long-time collaborator. As such a fan of the choir’s work and completely unique sound, Björk featured them on both the Utopia album and had all 52 choristers accompany her around the world to perform at every live show during the Cornucopia tour.
Björk began her collaboration with The Hamrahlíð Choir in 2017, singing on her album Utopia, and this collaboration continued with concerts including those at The Shed, New York City, in May and June 2019.