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It’s Not Just Björk: Women Are Tired of Not Getting Credit for Their Own Music

Pitchfork published a new interview with Björk on Wednesday, and in it she speaks powerfully about the kind of sexism she’s faced in her career. Asked by Jessica Hopper about early reports that Arca was the “sole producer” on the album rather than, as Arca later clarified, a co-producer, Björk opened up about how she’s been denied due credit for the production on her albums again and again. “I didn’t want to talk about that kind of thing for 10 years,” she said, “but then I thought, ‘You’re a coward if you don’t stand up. Not for you, but for women. Say something.’ ” Here she is on her experience with the new album:

It wasn’t just one journalist getting it wrong, everybody was getting it wrong. I’ve done music for, what, 30 years? I’ve been in the studio since I was 11; [Arca] had never done an album when I worked with him. He wanted to put something on his own Twitter, just to say it’s co-produced. I said, “No, we’re never going to win this battle. Let’s just leave it.” But he insisted.

She compared the way the press talks about her to the way they talk about Kanye West. West works with a wide array of producers on his albums (onYeezus, he worked with Arca, just like Björk), “yet no one would question his authorship for a second,” Björk says. And she described how male producers sometimes ended up getting outsized credit when she co-produced Vespertine:

For example, I did 80 percent of the beats on Vespertine and it took me three years to work on that album, because it was all microbeats—it was like doing a huge embroidery piece. Matmos came in the last two weeks and added percussion on top of the songs, but they didn’t do any of the main parts, and they are credited everywhere as having done the whole album. [Matmos’] Drew [Daniel] is a close friend of mine, and in every single interview he did, he corrected it. And they don’t even listen to him.  

She added that she wanted “to support young girls who are in their 20s now and tell them: You’re not just imagining things.”

It might be the sheer stubborn persistence of these stereotypes that’s most frustrating of all. After all, Pitchfork’s Hopper references Joni Mitchell observing, years ago, “how whichever man was in the room with her got credit for her genius.” Even now, years later, says Björk, “Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times.” But maybe even five times isn’t enough.”

Read the full piece here, I’ve only covered the Bjork section! The writer covers Grimes, Solange Knowles, Taylor Swift, and Neko Case’s reactions to sexist assumptions about their songwriting.

TRUE DETECTIVE // A Mixtape Inspired By the Series 

As the finale of HBO’s brilliant series, True Detective fast approaches, I thought it would be fun to curate a playlist that celebrates the sound of the show. The music contained falls into the darker realms of Americana, psych rock, dream pop, and country - all darkly atmospheric and haunting. The mixtape includes sounds heard on the show, as well as songs that fit the sonic template used throughout the series. So, as we wait to find the final fates of Rust, Marty, and the Yellow King, please enjoy this compilation who’s creation was inspired by the magnificent world of True Detective. 

PLAYLIST (Streaming & Download Links Below): 

“Far From Any Road” by The Handsome Family // “Every Man Needs a Companion” by Father John Misty // “The Swamps” by Widowspeak // “Kingdom of Heaven” by The 13th Floor Elevators // “Personal Jesus” by Johnny Cash // “The Sound of Law” by Daughn Gibson // “Young Men Dead” by The Black Angels // “I Would Not Know the Devil” by The Fresh & Onlys // “Bad Little Woman” by The Shadows of Knight // “Lone Runner” by Dirty Beaches // “Civilian” by Wye Oak // “Skating With Girl” by Grooms // “We Are Leftovers” by Odonis Odonis // “Eli” by Bosnian Rainbows // “The Way it Goes” by Gillian Welch // “Hold On, Hold On” by Neko Case // “I’m Gone” by Dead Meadow // “Propagation” by Lower Dens // “Theme From The Swamps” by Widowspeak

* STREAM MIX :: @ 8TRACKS // @ SOUNDCLOUD

* DOWNLOAD MP3 OF MIX :: @ ZIPPYSHARE // @ SOUNDCLOUD

Please enjoy and share! Watch the True Detective finale on Sunday, March 9th at 9PM EST.

**Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.