“Triumph of a Heart” was the third single from Björk’s album Medúlla. The hip-hop flavored song featured Japanese beatboxer, Dokaka. The lyrics use the human body as a metaphor of a relationship - its various parts all work in harmony because they “love” each other.

The making of the video is documented in a bonus feature that appears on The Medúlla Videos DVD. According to the “making of” segment included on the DVD, Björk’s drunken fall to the ground was staged with a stunt double. The feature focuses on the auditions for the bar patrons who had to be able to make the noises and sound effects required for the song.

The single was released on 28 February 2005 in the UK, and peaked at #31.

The song received its first live performance on April 20, 2008 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. The live treatment features brass in the chorus.

” I guess the lyrics are probably about, just celebrating the body, you know the cells, doing all sort of coaster rides, up and down, your body and the blood and the lungs, basically singing ,beatboxing ,throat singing or yodelling or body slapping, whatever you do. It sort of celebrating that really. “
- XFM interview, August 25 2004


Music video

The video was directed by Spike Jonze, who also directed the video for “It’s Oh So Quiet”. In the video, Björk tires of her husband, played by a housecat, and storms out of the house for a night out on the town. She goes to a pub where the soundtrack stops and the locals (including Dokaka) join her for a special performance of the song recorded for the video. She eventually returns back home and rekindles her affections for her cat-husband.


Remixes

* Radio Edit - 03:00
* Audition Mix - 04:17
* Video Version - 05:28
* Do Do Mix (Matmos Mix, digital only) - 3:31
* Medúlla Medley Version (France CD-R Promo) - 0:54
* Valgeir Sigurðsson Mix (Available on Björk’s MySpace for a short time) - 03:40
* Ensemble Mix (Unreleased)

Released 2005
Genre Beatboxing, Avant-garde music
Length 4:04
Label One Little Indian
Writer(s) Björk
Producer Björk

Edited by Constellation66 on 15 Sep 2010, 09:14

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