The Haxan Cloak




  • Tournée Vulnicura 2015-2017

The Haxan Cloak

Composition | Programmation - Ingénieur·e du son - Production - Remix

Bobby Krlic aka The Haxan Cloak est un musicien et producteur anglais

Travail avec Björk

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A propos du remix

"after bobby ( the haxan cloak ) had mixed vulnicura ( and made one beat ) i was kinda keen asking him if there was any song he´d be up for taking further as a remix and he said mouth mantra ... it was humbling for me to see one person take on like a whole album of mine like that , listen to it like thousand times and curious after him being soaked in it for months , where he thought he could take it further ? i am enjoying extremely this version live now as he is playing it w me on this summers festivals : it just takes off rocket style ha ha ha ha ha i almost forgot singing last time we played it" – Björk

“I’ve always loved ‘Mouth Mantra’ since the time I heard the first version when we were doing the mixing - there’s something so satisfying about that goth breakdown section in the middle. We went through a few different iterations of it when we were mixing the record. Some where the beats were super loud and bombastic, some where the strings took more centre stage (we ended on a wonderful compromise of all these things). There’s something about ‘Mouth Mantra’ that really appeals to my sensibilities, so I always flirted with the idea of remixing it. When it came time to start thinking about prepping for the live shows, Bjork asked me if there were any songs I’d like to remix for playing live – instantly I thought of this one. I wanted to keep the core of the song but just really amp up the drama and intensity to 11 (surprise surprise). I then decided to refine the live remix for a more studio/headphone listening environment, so that’s what you hear now. I actually finished it on a plane last week and was texting Björk while I was finishing it. We were having a laugh about eschewing time zones and being ‘off-grid’ in all senses of the phrase, so at one point we came up with, “Mouth Mantra - ‘Haxan Cloak acid grid dissolve international time zone mix,’ but, ‘The Haxan Cloak remix’ just rolled off the tongue a bit easier.” – The Haxan Cloak

The Haxan Cloak à propos de Vulnicura

It was a sensitive time. I was going through a rough break up with my own partner, and once she found out, we took a bit of solace in each other and spent quite a lot of time talking about it. Everything she does is about conveying emotion. Working on such a personal record, it was important that she knew that everyone involved understood on some level and was going on this journey with her.

Everything comes from her brain. She’s an astounding musician and articulates herself in a way that’s so different to anyone else. We were mixing one song, and she said, “It sounds like we’re next to the lake in the open air, but I want it to sound like my voice is a cosy fire, and we’re sitting next to it.” It’s actually easy to interpret. You work from an emotionally responsive level. The bulk of it was done in Reykjavik. We’d spend four days mixing, 10 hours a day, then a few close friends would be invited to the studio, we’d turn the lights off and play the record start to finish.

Uncut - Avril 2017