This song is so overwhelming in the most wonderful way. With every couple of seconds that pass during Hyperballad, element after element is added, creating a song that has layers upon layers of texture and color. The futuristic elements of the song based on the psychedelic trance genre seems to add a sort of coldness to this song that adds interesting texture with the usage of an array of synth effects. The melodramatic and romantic elements that are mainly based on the folktronica genre add a sort of warmness to the song with its nostalgic tone. The unification of these genres seem tied together with Björk’s unique and captivating voice; it stands up perfectly to the production of this track.
The subject matter of the song only emphasizes the beautiful thought process behind this track. Björk responded to fans on an AOL group chat in 1995 and described the meaning of the song.
“The critical time in a relationship, which usually happens after 3 years, and I can see all around me with all my friends. It's got to do that when you fall in love it is so precious to you, you never know this might be the last time, so your behaviour towards the loved one becomes very sweet and you go somewhere else to be aggressive. Because I believe that all people have got both sides. So you end up having to unload your aggressions at a bar or by throwing cuttlery off cliffs. So you can come back to your loved one, kiss him sweet on his cheek, and say happily, 'Hi honey.'”
I appreciate Björk painting an honest picture of what a relationship is like for a lot of people. Wallowing and engaging your own negative thoughts on your own is a way to achieve a more positive persona; in a way it’s like releasing any negative energy you may have. Björk gives the listener a most entrancing scene of this in her track, Hypeballad. Please check it out if you have the chance.
P.S. The link to her answering AOL questions is below.
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