Bjork has announced through social media today that her album Vulnicura will be digitally released worldwide “within the next 24 hours” and also included the full “tale”of the making of the album as well as the imagery for it!!
The album was originally announced to be released sometime in March, but possibly due to an unauthorized leak of the album just days after the early announcement the album has been officially released much sooner than we expected!
News of the leak first hit social media & forums across the world wide web a few days ago. Then suddenly music reporting websites such as Stereogum&Consequence of Sound also started reporting the story(some even in “bad taste” included links to unauthorized song snippets) but NOW Bjork has taken matters in her own hands and has decided to digitally release the official version early(which is now available through itunes in the UK: http://smarturl.it/vulnicura)along with this statement detailing the making of Vulnicura:
“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 .
there is a way out
and then a magic thing happened to me : as i lost one thing something else entered . alejandro contacted me late summer 2013 and was interested in working with me . it was perfect timing . to make beats to the songs would have taken me 3 years ( like on vespertine ) but this enchanted arca would visit me repeatedly and only few months later we had a whole album !!! it is one of the most enjoyable collaboration i have had !
i then went ahead and wrote string and choir arrangements and recorded them in iceland
towards the end of the album i started looking around for a mixing engineer and was introduced by a mutual friend of ours , robin carolan to the haxan cloak . he mixed the album and also made a beat for one half of “family” . together with chris elms the engineer we kinda formed a band during the mixing process and this is the album we made !!!
i do hope you enjoy it
i would like to thank this overqualified little team ( where roles often blurred )
. i also would like to thank robin , his generous approvals gave me more courage to complete this as is .
and my group of songswapping / dj friends : the right tune can truly cure : ta for those sonic ointments
but most of all i would like to thank my team : james merry , derek birkett and emma birkett . rosemary and elisa . this album could not have been done without you”
The albums artwork(as seen above) was done by the photographic duo Inez&Vinoodh along with the graphic team of M+M Paris who has worked with Bjork since her first solo album Debut. The physical release(LP&CD) of Vulnicura is slated for a March 3rd release date.
In my opinion the album is a very intimate tour de force of a very personal time for Bjork. While Bjork’s previous album, Biophilia, focused moreso on elements of biology, science, art&the external, this album is a much more personal one somewhat reminiscent of the emotions/lyrics that went into the creation of Homogenic yet musically a bit similar to the darker minimal sounds of Medulla&Vespertine. I’m very excited for this healing period of Bjork and look VERY forward to all the images, videos, and remixes I’m sure she will unleash upon us during the reign of Vulnicura!