Welp, here’s one way to drop a surprise album! Last week, Björk sweetly announced her ninth album,Vulnicura, with a handwritten track list. Even though the album was set to be released in March, the entire project was leaked on the good ‘ol interwebz just days after her announcement. In an effort to preserve the album, Björk decided to release the nine track LP yesterday.
Unfortunate as the leak may be, it’s kind of a cosmic blessing for impatient fans like us. And can you blame us? It’s been nearly four years since Björk’s last album…I think we’re ready to selfishly indulge in some new tunes!
Sure, it may not be a Beyoncéfied surprise album drop, but it’s a sweet surprise nonetheless. So, aside from the fact that Vulnicura is now available for your listening pleasure, we’ve got plenty of other reasons to get lost in this new album. Let’s examine, shall we?
1. Hello. It’s Björk!
Simply calling her “creative” is a serious understatement — Björk is a legend. Think about it: The woman has managed to sell out stadiums without, well . .. “selling out”. In a world where creativity is often stifled by money and politics, Björk’s body of work has remained refreshingly honest and fearless. Not to mention, she’s always been way ahead of the curve. She’s been around for over twenty years and there are still artists trying to replicate the work she did in her “Possibly Maybe” days. You just can’t touch her!
Suffice to say, this new album is just another opportunity to indulge in some good ‘ol fashioned Björk-ian innovation. Speaking of which.. . .
2. Her new album features collaborations with creative newcomers, Arca and The Haxan Cloak
If you’re unfamiliar with Arca, do yourself a favor and get acquainted. The 24-year-old Venezuelan producer is a creative genius whose resumé boasts credits on Kanye West’s Yeezus and both of FKA Twigs‘ projects, LP1 and EP2. Did I mention he acquired all of these credits within the last two years? His defies genre with bone cracking, chaotic beats — something that ought to pair well with Björk’s sensibilities.
The album is also set to feature work from the equally eclectic British musician/producer, The Haxan Cloak. If his 2013 album Excavation is any indication of the work he’s done with Björk, be prepared for some Earth-shattering bass and creeping spine tingles. Just the prospect of these guys working with Björk is making us embarrassingly giddy.
3. It’s rich with emotional content
Aah, so there is a reason for these moody collaborations, after all. Björk revealed in a Facebook post yesterday that the Vulnicura is meant to be “a complete heartbreak album,” which she feared would be “too self indulgent.” But rather than giving into the fears, Björk saw the album as an opportunity to help others who are going through a similar situation.
4. The album is an emotional journey. Seriously.
Björk actually made reference to this in her Facebook post when she revealed that the track listings followed the chronology of a breakup. Though some of the songs boast bright and orchestral sounds, the lyrics at the beginning of the album foreshadow what’s to come. In the second track of the album, “Lionsong,” she speaks to an indifferent, dying kind of love, singing, “Maybe he will come out of this loving me/ Maybe he wont/ Somehow I’m not too bothered/ Either way.” The entire album is peppered with devastating lyrics, but by the end, you may catch wind of a few hopeful lyrics with a bit more resolve (Hint: Listen to “Quicksand”!).
Oh yes, and most importantly, support artists the right way! Grab your own copy of the album now!