Björk Is Back!

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NEW YORK - MAY 08: Singer Bjork and The Dirty Projectors perform onstage at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe's "Live from Home" benefit concert series at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on May 8, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bjork Photo: Roger Kisby/2009 Getty Images

Last year, Björk teamed up with the Dirty Projectors to release an EP about whale watching. This year, she’s going bigger: Biophilia, out September 26, was partially recorded on an iPad, will be released as a series of apps, and is seeing its premiere with a multimedia Manchester International Festival residency that features, among other elements, “a bespoke pipe organ that accepts digital information and a pendulum that harnesses the earth’s gravitational pull to create musical patterns.” That residency kicks off today; over the weekend, possibly to mark the occasion, Björk released Biophilia’s first single. Luckily, at the head of all that confusing grand ambition is still some classic Björk — “Crystalline” picks up where 2007’s Volta left off, with impulsive trip-hop breakbeats, uneven phrasings, general claustrophobia, and awesome theatrical wailing about “internal nebulae” and the like. Also: Are the last 30 seconds of this thing reminding anyone else of the Powerpuff Girls theme song?