Album release accelerated due to internet leak
Björk’s eighth studio album, Vulnicura, has appeared much sooner than expected.
After the record leaked onto the internet, Björk has announced via Facebook that the album is to be released worldwide over the next 24 hours – indeed, it’s already available on iTunes in some places. The theme and art concept for the album have also been revealed – the album is about heartbreak, with Björk cast this time as a lank-haired, black-clad figure with a cloven chest, pierced all over her torso with what looks like hundreds of acupuncture needles.
Snap-releasing is becoming a recognised tactic for major albums, partially to protect sales, but also partially to try and prevent leaks compromising the audience experience of a new record. Indeed, with Björk’s holistic audio-visual approach to albums, experiencing Vulnicura solely as a folder full of nine uniform icons hardly seems like the best representation of her work.
Buy the album here on iTunes.
Here’s Björk’s full Facebook statement:
dear websitefolks , fans , tweeters and my music supporters on all the sorts of www :
vulnicura will be rolling out worldwide over the next 24 hours !!
i am so grateful you are still interested in my work !!
i appreciate every little bit !!!
i wanted to tell you the tale of making of this album
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 tracklist is as follows:
01 “Stone Milker” (6:49)
02 “Lion Song” (6:16)
03 “History Of Touches” (2:56)
04 “Black Lake” (10:04)
05 “Family” (7:57)
06 “NotGet” (6:23)
07 “Atom Dance” (Feat. Antony Hegarty) (8:08)
08 “Mouth Mantra” (6:06)
09 “Quicksand” (3:48)
Read our “First Listen” response to Vulnicura here.