Björk has a superpower that the best musicians do: she can create a character to tell a compelling musical story. David Bowie did it with Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, and the Thin White Duke. Prince did it with Camille. And Nicki Minaj... has too many characters to count.

One of Björk's characters is Selma, whom she played in the 2000 film Dancer in the Dark. She said that the soundtrack she created for the film was her gift to Selma.  The songs serve as windows into Selma’s inner thoughts and dreams.

Examining how these songs bring Selma to life demonstrates Björk’s brilliance as a storyteller — something that I think any film score fan or even country fan can appreciate. So in this episode we’re going to explore the rich interior world of Selmasongs.


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