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Release date: Oct. 10, 2011
Photography: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Art direction: M/M (Paris)
Labels: One Little Indian, Polydor
Bjork's Biophilia album was groundbreaking (as the Icelandic artist so often is) not just for its music, but for its presentation. It is an app album, with music that can be played through ten different iPad apps and through one "mother" app. The artwork was groundbreaking as well.
The firm M/M Paris (consisting of Mathis Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag) earned a 2013 Grammy award for the packaging of the album, which was photographed by Inez and Vinoodh. The cover featured dreamlike photos of Bjork in various designer garb: a huge wig by Eugene Souleiman, a dress by Iris van Herpen, a world-champion-like belt designed by threeASFOUR.
And of course, mystical as ever, Bjôrk holds a bright-orange geode. The disparate elements of the photograph themselves could stand to be on an album cover alone. But, combined in such an expert fashion, they speak perfectly to this release. —Dale Eisinger