June 24, 2009
Emerson Brown, NPR



June 24, 2009; Washington, D.C. NPR Music is streaming a new album of live recordings from the complex and unpredictable singer Bjork, one week ahead of its official release. Her new album, Voltaic, is available for free, on-demand listening now through June 30 at npr.org/music, as part of the site's "Exclusive First Listen" series.

Bjork, the 13-time Grammy nominee from Iceland, released her sixth album, Volta, in 2007. Before embarking on what would become a two-year-long tour to promote the record, Bjork and her band held a recording session at Olympic Studios in London. Voltaic collects those live-to-tape recordings, which includes selections from Volta and several previous albums: Medulla, Homogenic, Post and Vespertine. The entire album can be streamed now at NPR Music, where there is also a video of Bjork performing "Declare Independence."

Complete track listings and album information are available at NPR Music, as well as an extensive Bjork archive of music, reviews and a live concert. NPR Music introduced its "Exclusive First Listen" series last year with Bob Dylan's 2-CD set Tell Tale Signs. The series is now one of the site's most popular features, and has offered pre-release streams of albums from artists such as Regina Spektor, Moby, Leonard Cohen and the Dirty Projectors.

The "Exclusive First Listen" series is one feature of NPR Music, a free, multimedia music discovery Web site at npr.org/music The site offers content from NPR and 12 NPR Member public radio stations, including live performances, studio sessions, first listens to new albums, interviews, reviews and blogs. The site's continuously expanding sections are dedicated to rock/pop/folk, classical, jazz/blues, world and urban music. NPR Music culls from NPR's and the stations' extensive music archives to present thousands of features; more than 250 new features are added to the site every month.