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On this day in music history: June 13, 1995 - “Post”, the third studio album by Björk is released. Produced by Björk, Nellee Hooper, Graham Massey, Tricky, Howie B and Marius de Vries, it is recorded at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, The Bahamas from Summer 1994 - April 1995. Working with a host of producers that includes Massive Attack and Soul II Soul producer Nellee Hooper and trip hop pioneer Tricky, the sessions yield a cutting edge and stylistically diverse album that pushes musical boundaries. The albums’ title refers to Björk’s transitional period after moving from her native Iceland to England where most of the songs are written. Straddling the genres of alternative rock, electronica, and trip hop, it receives critical raves upon its release, becoming the innovative and eclectic Icelandic singer’s most commercially successful album. The albums cover artwork features a portrait of Björk taken by photographer and video director Stéphane Sednaoui, with the artist wearing a white shirt with red and blue markings looking like an air mail envelope. It spins off six singles including “Army Of Me” (#10 UK, #21 Mainstream Rock) and “It’s Oh So Quiet” (#4 UK). The album is reissued as a DualDisc CD/DVD hybrid disc in in 2006, with the CD side featuring the original ten song album. The DVD includes a 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS surround mixes of the entire album, plus the six music videos for all of the singles. It is also reissued numerous times on vinyl, including Direct Metal Mastered pressings, 180 gram and pink colored vinyl. “Post” peaks at number two on the UK album chart, number thirty two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Top five non-album tracks.
  • Sometimes when you make an album the songs you pick to make that album are chosen to better fit that record. Maybe there are too many slow songs, maybe there are some songs that haven't really reached their full potential. This doesn't mean these songs are worse and less exciting than the album tracks but it's all about what works best for the album. Here are my top five non-album tracks.
  • 5. Vanilla: This song was part of the Forever Halloween B-sides. We originally wrote it at Jared's cabin during the writing session for that album. The original demo felt all over the place, the chorus and verse felt like two different songs. After sitting on the tune for a year or so we ended up bringing it into the studio with Colby Wedgeworth and turned it into the driving tune it is now. The song never really gives up.
  • 4. Last Dance: This tune we opened a few tours with over the years. It was one of the first songs we wrote for the Pioneer sessions. We've tried to record it a few different times but some songs just aren't meant to be put on tape. I think when we play it live there is a gradual tempo increase throughout the song that just doesn't feel the same when recorded. Some songs can do that, they're just better in a live setting. Still a great tune that we could pull out in a set whenever and have a great time with it.
  • 3. Inside of You(Daytrotter version): This was from the first daytrotter session we did. We really had no idea what this session was going to be like. At that point we had never done a live recording. I remember feeling a bit nervous before hand. We went in and played four tunes loud just like we do in our live set. We quickly figured out that was not really how to make daytrotter sound the best. The whole day John was messing around with this piano they had in the room. We were about to wrap up the day when John asked if we could get one take on a version of Inside of You he was toying around with. He told us all the chords really quick and how he wanted the feel of the tune to be a lot like Ryan Adam's song "The Shadowlands". We got one take at it and that is what came out. It really was one of the first times we just jammed like that. No rules just using our instinct, our ability to jam together, and our own personal feel as musicians to create something in one try.
  • 2. Ice Cave: This tune has a life of it's own, people knew it before we even thought about recording it. It's probably our best live song we've ever written. We wrote it on a farm in Gilbert, Az late at night when it was only John, Ken, and I. I played drums. We never wanted to record it because it had a special place in our live set and that's where it felt the best. People started to ask us constantly to play it live. After years of refusing to record it we finally did for the Forever Halloween B-sides. It was just a basic blues song with the energy of a dragon and my favorite tune to play live.
  • 1. Good Love: Good love changed everything for us. When we were writing for Pioneer this was the song that made us think we could record an album on our own. It was written in the most productive time of our band. Written in the same few days as Identify, Don't Give Up on Us, Jenny, and Time. Good Love seemed like the peak of the mountain top. With a bizarre song structure all leading to one of our most triumphant endings of a song we've ever put together it shined the light over Pioneer. I'll never forget listening back to the finished version of this song and just being completely covered in goosebumps. It made me realize we had something really special happening and no one could tell us not to do it. Good Love is Pioneer all wrapped up in one song. It had mood, the words, and the energy of a great tune. My only regret about this song is that it wasn't on Pioneer.
  • -GARRETT
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On this day in music history: June 13, 1995 - “Post”, the third studio album by Björk is released. Produced by Björk, Nellee Hooper, Graham Massey, Tricky, Howie B and Marius de Vries, it is recorded at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, The Bahamas from Summer 1994 - April 1995. Working with a host of producers that includes Massive Attack and Soul II Soul producer Nellee Hooper and trip hop pioneer Tricky, the sessions yield a cutting edge and stylistically diverse album that pushes musical boundaries. The albums’ title refers to Björk’s transitional period after moving from her native Iceland to England where most of the songs are written. Straddling the genres of alternative rock, electronica, and trip hop, it receives critical raves upon its release, becoming the innovative and eclectic Icelandic singer’s most commercially successful album. The albums cover artwork features a portrait of Björk taken by photographer and video director Stéphane Sednaoui, with the artist wearing a white shirt with red and blue markings looking like an air mail envelope. It spins off six singles including “Army Of Me” (#10 UK, #21 Mainstream Rock) and “It’s Oh So Quiet” (#4 UK). “Post” peaks at number two on the UK album chart, number thirty two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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William Beckett released a video of him recording “Dear Life” from his new acoustic album, The Pioneer Sessions.