despite the somewhat troubling sound system, it was much better than i thought it would be. the crowd was amazing –whether they really understand the music or not; maybe they just enjoy the dynamic or the beat in most of the songs, which, admitted or not, reminds us on the kind of tunes they usually called house music –but it is definitely not house music.
bjork looked gorgeous. no, she did not expose her bare breasts like she did in pagan poetry‘s video clip. she wore an aluminium flower-like dress. her forehead painted with red fluorescent color –it was glowing in the dark. besides a stocking, she wore no shoes. she spoke only a little words: “thank you” thing, mostly; and “i’m sorry i can’t speak your language” and “it’s been wonderful to be in your country” chit chat.
eight giant colorful, variously shaped flags were hanged high as the backdrop of the stage at tennis indoor stadium, jakarta, each with fish, frog, lizard or bird picture printed on it. with four-membered supporting band, and a ten-piece all female horn section, and also three big televisions used as monitor screens located in the front part, the stage looked crowded. yet it wasn’t the thing that got in her way to move a lot all along the show. she jumped, moved her body as if it was a series of waves, headbanged, played her hands and all. sometimes she was like a child playing in a spacious field.
and above all, she sang wonderfully. she whispered, howled and shrieked wherever or whenever needed. almost magical, at least for me. after an intro, she opened with earth intruders, the first single from her latest album. it was a perfect choice to set the tone. the song dynamic was so marching in, and the beat, mostly electronically produced, bubbled like ritualistic accompaniment –droning, repetitive and propulsively driving. so tribal. and the crowd went wild.
the 18-songs setlist moved between dynamic and smoothness, between sounds and moods. pagan poetry and wanderlust were among the best moments. the only disappointment, at least for me, was the absent of the dull flame of desire, a swooning (yes) romance which is sung by bjork and antony hegarty in the original record.
declare independence was the highlight of the last night show. a bold, anthemic song, this choice of the last encore really moved the crowd once again. when the song reached the end part, the green laser lights seemed going crazy: they were beamed from almost every direction in the stage. when the confetti shot up into the sky, followed by dry-ice fog blasts, we know that the show was really over.