All is Full of Love
September 14, 2008 10:29 AM   Subscribe

Bitone are full of love. : Björk's song "All Is Full Of Love" is covered by Ugandan children and youths on an album by a organization called Bitone (meaning "talent"). Their mission is to restore the lives and hopes of children between 8 and 18 years old in Uganda, whom have been traumatized by the death of their parents or loss of their home due to disease, war, or economic hardship. [via]
posted by grapefruitmoon (16 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Wow, that's a beautiful rendition of the song. I always think of that song as being so technically precise, no doubt because of Chris Cunningham's astounding video. Nice to hear it sung simply and sweetly.
posted by Nelson at 10:59 AM on September 14, 2008 [1 favorite]

Very beautiful. Thanks for the post.
posted by Alex404 at 11:18 AM on September 14, 2008

Good stuff.
posted by infinitewindow at 11:29 AM on September 14, 2008

wonderful. this song always brings on the waterworks.
posted by geekigirl at 12:01 PM on September 14, 2008

That was beautiful - thank you grapefruitmoon!
posted by grippycat at 12:06 PM on September 14, 2008

Dammit, that song always brings a tear to my eye. This version no exception.
posted by Artw at 3:07 PM on September 14, 2008

Gorgeous. I was expecting a total Mbira-heavy rework of the track (which also would've been lovely), so I was surprised to hear such a detailed imitation of the original track—and I use the word "imitation" here in the most non pejorative sense. It's actually really hard to be this true to an original recording.

Also, I really loved how the singer was using somewhat wide minor seconds (whether deliberately or not) at the top of his/her range. For me, it created this pleasing friction that was both tense and gentle at the same time.

Thanks, grapefuitmoon!
posted by LMGM at 3:49 PM on September 14, 2008

Random Bjork link: Bjork covers 2 Unlimited!
posted by Artw at 4:15 PM on September 14, 2008 [1 favorite]

That particular song was good, but some of the other songs on that page were really nice. I've had it playing in the background all afternoon. Good stuff.
posted by Forktine at 7:03 PM on September 14, 2008

That's a great version of the song.
posted by chunking express at 6:25 AM on September 15, 2008

I liked how well the captured some of her slightly-odd pronunciations of words. I have never been able to put my finger on what's different between how she says certain things and how I'd say them, but somehow this singer gets it perfectly.
posted by vytae at 12:47 PM on September 15, 2008

vytae: Björk sings with an exaggerated Icelandic accent (probably for effect), so assuming you're not from Iceland, that explains why you would say things differently. I thought she was just being "weird" until I spent time in Iceland and oh hey, that's just the Icelandic accent. It is kind of oddly charming.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:28 PM on September 15, 2008

She's also sort-of cockney at times.
posted by Artw at 5:31 PM on September 15, 2008

Ha, you're right, I am very much not from Iceland. I always figured it was just an Icelandic accent that she has, I just happen to find it especially great (and hard to imitate) compared to almost any other accent I've heard.
posted by vytae at 9:48 PM on September 15, 2008

She's also sort-of cockney at times.

Yeah, my ex is from Iceland and Americans most often pegged him for Scottish or some other UK-ite.

The Icelandic accent in English makes up in charm for the difficulty for any English-speaking natives to pronounce anything in Icelandic. I can eavesdrop and read subtitles, but I can't even pronounce the full names of some of the friends I made over there. Too damn many ð's and þ's.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 2:39 PM on September 16, 2008

Man, I don't have anything to add except that everything on their myspace page is beautiful... so, uh, everything on their myspace page is beautiful. Thanks for pointing this out.
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