Due to have emerged in March, a series of online leaks seem to have provoked the sudden release of Bjork’s new album ‘Vulnicura’.
Out now, it’s an extremely emotional, honest work, one that delves into a very real heartbreak in Bjork’s life. Separating from partner Matthew Barney after a decade together, the singer labelled ‘Vulnicura’ a “heartbreak album” in a Facebook post.
Speaking to Pitchfork, Bjork elaborated on this. Describing the split as the “most painful thing” she had ever experienced, the events sparked a new way of working.
"When I did this album it all just collapsed. I didn't have anything," she commented. "It was the most painful thing I ever experienced in my life. The only way I could deal with that was to start writing for strings; I decided to become a violin nerd and arrange everything for 15 strings and take a step further than what I’ve done before."
"It's really hard for me to talk about it," she continued. "It really is in the lyrics. I've never really done lyrics like this, because they're so teenage, so simple. I wrote them really quickly. But I also spent a long time on them to get them just right. It's so hard to talk about the subject matter; it's impossible — I'm sorry. There's so many songs about [heartbreak] that exist this in the world, because music is somehow the perfect medium to express something like this."
Check out the full interview HERE.
‘Vulnicura’ is out now.