We’re four years removed from Biophilia, the eighth studio album from Icelandic experimental pop queen Björk. Over the second half of 2014, there were whisperings of her next album, Vulnicura, which was rumored to be dropping in 2015, and while this project doesn’t have a firm release date–right now we’re just seeing “March 2015,” which is the same month that her MoMA exhibition opens and that her Björk: Archives book is released–there have been a few pieces of info that have trickled out on what should be one of the more talked-about albums of 2015.
UPDATE: Without advanced notice, Björk’s Vulnicura has been released two-months early. FACT says that the album actually leaked a few days after information on the album was released. According to a press release, the album is rolling out worldwide on iTunes over the next 24 hours. That is the cover art up above. Buy Vulnicura here and read more about the album above.
For starters, the album will feature production from Arca, who himself released one of 2014’s more captivating albums, Xen. This information was revealed during his Fader cover story, where it was only said that Arca was the “sole co-producer” of Björk’s next album. Their union makes sense; Björk has been associated with everyone from Howie B and Nellee Hooper to Tricky on some of her finest works, and seems to do very well when operating with someone to bounce all of her ideas off of. Arca’s also helped contribute to Kanye‘s Yeezus (on “Hold My Liquor,” “I’m in It,” “Blood on the Leaves,” and “Send It Up”), and his own solo sounds feel like they’d work wonders for what one would expect from a Björk project.
This information was followed up on earlier this month, with The Haxan Cloack confirming his work on Vulnicura as well. While at the time people had no clue as to what he actually did on the project, Björk fleshed out what both Arca and The Haxan Cloak did on her new album:
6 songs written by björk, 2 songs co-written with arca, 1 with john flynn
string arrangements by björk
6 songs produced by björk & arca, 1 by björk & arca & the haxan cloak, 2 by björk
mixed by the haxan cloak except 2 songs mixed by the haxan cloak and chris elms
mastered by mandy parnell
If your interest wasn’t piqued before, it should be now.
The above production information was included on a Facebook post that also detailed the tracklisting for this nine-track album:
For those who want to see how these songs will work in a live setting, know that Björk has been announced for this June’s Governors Ball. It might be hard for her to pull off her intriguing live shows, but it’ll be interesting to hear how this material sounds in a live setting.