:: Definitely not an easy listen, but a growing and rewarding one!
A week ago, Björk released her ninth studio album two months early after it had previously been leaked on the internet. As a reaction, the Icelandic artist and her London-based label One Little Indian decided to to drop the album early digitally. The follow-up to 2011 Biophilia is entitled Vulnicura, which means cure for wounds [latin: vulnus + cura]. Talking to French site Les Inrockuptibles, Björk said: “It’s about what may come to a person at the end of a relationship. It talks about the dialogues we may have in our heads and in our hearts, the healing processes.”
Vulnicura was surprisingly released on January 21, 2015 via One Little Indian Records (Germany via Embassy of Music). Right now, the album is available as digital download only, you can grab your copy from iTunes. Physical release on CD and 12″ vinyl will go as planned later on March 30.
Venezuelan producer Arca aka Alejandro Ghersi produced six of the songs on Vulnicura and co-wrote two of them with Björk. He most recently collaborated with FKA Twigs and Kanye West on Yeezus. British producer Bobby Krlic aka The Haxan Cloak also contributed production to Vulnicura and mixed the album.
Upon the announcement of the earlier album release, Björk wrote on her Facebook: “i guess i found in my lap one year into writing it a complete heartbreak album . kinda surprised how thoroughly i had documented this in pretty much accurate emotional chronology …. like 3 songs before a break up and three after . so the anthropologist in me sneaked in and i decided to share them as such . first i was worried it would be too self indulgent but then i felt it might make it even more universal . and hopefully the songs could be a help , a crutch to others and prove how biological this process is : the wound and the healing of the wound . psychologically and physically . it has a stubborn clock attached to it .”
Listen above to Atom Dance featuring vocals via Antony Hegarty from Antony and the Johnsons. Quicksand, my favourite track from Vulnicura, is streaming below. Björk will play a series of seven exclusive shows in New York in March, April and June. She conformed that Arca will play with her on selected dates, check out the schedule below.
03. History of Touches
04. Black Lake
07. Atom Dance (feat. Antony Hegarty)
08. Mouth Mantra
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sat 07 Mar 2015 // New York, NY, USA // Carnegie Hall
Sat 14 Mar 2015 // New York, NY, USA // Carnegie Hall
Wed 25 Mar 2015 // New York, NY, USA // City Center [Evening]
Sat 28 Mar 2015 // New York, NY, USA // City Center [Matinee]
Wed 01 Apr 2015 // New York, NY, USA // City Center [Evening]
Sat 04 Apr 2015 // New York, NY, USA // City Center [Matinee]
Fri 05 – Sat 07 Jun 2015 // New York, NY, USA // Governor’s Ball
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