Bjork’s fifth album, Vespertine could come out 10 years from now and it would still sound startlingly ahead of it’s time. Quiet, meditative and stark, the LP is absolutely perfect for these winter months.
“It’s Not Up To You” was maybe sorta supposed to be a proper single on the album, but for whatever reason, it never happened. On an album full of abstract rendings of pop music, this is probably the most accessible track on the album, and happens to be my favorite. It’s dark. Synths knife through the weightless arrangements and Bjork’s quite musings. Then everything swells up into the chorus, which is a moment of melancholic pop genius.
Listen to this really late at night. Especially if you happen to be outside the house. That’s where it will hit you.