Where Is the Line
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|"Where Is the Line"|
"Where Is the Line" cover
|Promotional single by Björk from the album Medúlla|
|Format||Promo CD, 12"|
|Genre||Beatboxing, vocal, avant garde|
|Label||One Little Indian|
|Producer||Björk, Mark Bell|
|Medúlla track listing|
"Where Is the Line" is a song by Icelandic artist Björk, taken from the 2004 album Medúlla, written by the singer herself and co-produced with longtime collaborator Mark Bell. The track was originally intended to be released as the album's third commercial single, but its release was cancelled just before Björk released the Drawing Restraint 9 soundtrack, in order to focus all promotional efforts on the film and soundtrack instead. Some promotional white labels vinyls were released around 2005. A music video for the song was made by Icelandic Artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir. Upon the cancellation of the single, the video was used as part of a video installation project by Friðriksdóttir.
The track is included on a compilation album released by Rough Trade, titled "The Record Shop - 30 Years Of Rough Trade Shops". The track was chosen by Richard Russell. A remix by Mike Patton of the band Fantômas (who contributed to the original album track) was made available for download on War Child Music in April 2005. and also appeared on a previous White label 12", as the B-side to the Vitalic remix of Who Is It. Both remixes were suspected to be included with the commercial release of Where Is The Line.
The song is made up of vocals, as with the majority of the Medúlla album on which it exists. It is quite a dark song in which Björk attacks a younger relative for being greedy and unreliable. She has also said that on this one the vocals of beatboxer Rahzel are edited all the way, because she felt that with Rahzel, she needed to try out both the extremes. The other extreme being "Who Is It" which features Rahzel doing a one-take beatbox, creating a less-brooding arrangement.
The Greatest Hits Tour version of "Where is the Line" varies in regards to its string arrangements. Due to its release prior to Medúlla, Björk arranged the song using the prominent strings to create a more Middle-Eastern feel to the orchestration. On the Volta Tour, however, the song is dominated by heavy electronic beats and a synthesized organ, creating a much more Western sound.
The music video for "Where Is the Line" was directed by Icelandic artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir and shot in late 2004. Originally being one of three films from Gabriela's "Tetralogia", then edited to fit "Where Is The Line". It shows Björk wearing a dress made of sandbags and standing in a barn full of hay. She gives birth to a convulsing person (dancer Erna Ómarsdóttir) covered in white ooze that is presumably made to represent Vernix caseosa. After a series of explosions, a number of creatures made of hay emerge from the hay stacks. They surround her and cover her with their bodies on the ground until she is no longer visible.