Björk announces new album ‘Utopia’

Set for Release November 24
Pre-order: https://bjork.lnk.to/utopia 

‘Utopia’ is the ninth studio album from Björk, out November 24th via One Little Indian Records.

The album is written by Björk with 14 of the songs co-written by Arca and one of the songs co-written by Sarah Hopkins. All of the songs except one is co-produced by Arca. One of the songs is co-produced by Rabit. Björk formed a twelve piece Icelandic female flute orchestra, which she arranged for and conducted. She also wrote an arrangement for Hamrahlíðarkórinn, a choir conducted by Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir. The album was edited and structured by Björk on Protools. It was engineered by Bergur ÞórissonBart Migal and Chris Elms. It was mixed by Heba Kadry and Marta Salogni and mastered by Mandy Parnell .
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Björk news: Vulnicura OUT TODAY / “Lionsong” Music Video debuts on Noisey

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Björk’s video for “Lionsong,” from her new album Vulnicura, debuts today. Watch the clip, directed by longtime Björk collaborators and legendary creative duo Inez & Vinoodh, via Noisey HERE: http://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/read/video-premiere-bjork-lionsong

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Of the video, Inez & Vinoodh note, “Björk’s character for ‘Lionsong’ had to be smooth like a spider waiting in her web and seductive like a Balinese dancer cast in bronze. She is seen as if under a microscope, baring her heart while luring us inside the bloody galaxy of her own wound.”

The video was created in collaboration between Björk, Inez & Vinoodh and visual effects production house Framestore. Framestore created a number of visual effects, including the stars and the glowing embers that surround Björk, as well as enhancing the video’s other-worldliness by extending her legs to unnatural proportions. The exquisite coloring for the piece was done by Tim Masick of Company 3, turning her into the exotic, red-toothed, bronze dancer.

“Inez & Vinoodh had some fantastic ideas about what they wanted and supplied some beautiful initial reference, that had a painterly style not dissimilar to traditional religious iconography, of characters covered in starlight,” says Framestore’s Matt Pascuzzi, “That, along with their existing album artwork, gave us some pretty beautiful reference to work from and I am immensely proud of our New York compositing and 3D teams who, in every sense, did this job for the art.”


Vulnicura is on One Little Indian Records to massive critical acclaim:

“Even amid the most abstruse music, these songs have an emotional immediacy. The physicality of Björk’s voice and the strings are even more striking against the impersonal electronic sounds, all the better to reveal the interior landscape of heartbreak and healing — not a simple story, and all the better for it.” – New York Times

“…with Björk, even simplicity is intricate business. Arranged for voice with orchestral strings and electronic beats, Vulnicura is a unified set of nine dark, swarming, melodically distended songs…this may be the most heart-rending music she’s ever made.” – Rollingstone

“What the Icelandic art star Bjork has accomplished at the intersection of pop and the avant-garde cannot be summed up in one detail, but one thing to focus on is the way she sings the word “emotional.” Climbing it like one of the cliffs she often evokes in her pastoral lyrics, she lets it open up like a vista on its central, circulatory “o.” The word becomes a Valkyrie’s cry, a statement of purpose both sacred and humanly thrilling.” – NPR

“The artist’s most personal record in a career full of vocal and emotional drama…it’s an exquisite, inspired and typically angular listen, filled with much texture and impatient roaming, with musical and vocal tones built into spatial structures that fearlessly trace the lyrical ordeals…fans like myself will find much to love as we explore its many peaks and valleys.” – Los Angeles Times

“8.6 – Best New Music” – Pitchfork

Vulnicura was written, produced and recorded in collaboration with Venezuelan producer Arca and British musician The Haxan Cloak. Of the album’s nine tracks, six are written by Björk with two co-written with Arca and one co-written with Spaces. Six songs are produced by Björk and Arca, one by Björk, Arca and The Haxan Cloak and two by Björk alone. All string arrangements are by Björk. The album was mixed by The Haxan Cloak and engineered by Chris Elms, with two songs mixed by The Haxan Cloak and Elms, and mastered by Mandy ParnellVulnicura is Björk’s first release since the 2011 album and multimedia project Biophilia.

VULNICURA – Tracklist:

1. Stonemilker
2. Lionsong
3. History of Touches
4. Black Lake
5. Family
6. Notget
7. Atom Dance
8. Mouth Mantra
9. Quicksand


Vulnicura – CD out today on One Little Indian Records, proudly distributed by Rhythmethod

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BJORK ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM VULNICURA

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‘Vulnicura’, the eighth studio album from Icelandic artist Björk, is out digitally on iTunes today on Inertia via Rhythmethod. The album will be out physically onFriday 27th February 2015.

Of the album, Björk stated on her Facebook page today: “i guess i found in my lap one year into writing it a complete heartbreak album. I was 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.”

‘Vulnicura’ is Björk’s first release since the 2011 album and multimedia project ‘Biophilia’ and was written, produced and recorded in collaboration with Venezuelan producer Arca and British musician The Haxan Cloak. Of the album’s nine tracks, six are written by Björk with two co-written with Arca and one co-written with Spaces. Six songs are produced by Björk and Arca, one by Björk, Arca and The Haxan Cloak and two by Björk. All string arrangements are by Björk. The album was mixed by The Haxan Cloak, except two songs mixed by The Haxan Cloak and Chris Elms, and mastered by Mandy Parnell.

To celebrate the release of ‘Vulnicura’, Björk announces intimate shows this March and April at New York’s Carnegie Hall and at City Center. The series of shows culminates with a performance at the Governors Ball music festival in New York this June.

TRACKLIST

1. Stonemilker

2. Lionsong

3. History of Touches

4. Black Lake

5. Family

6. Notget

7. Atom Dance feat. Antony Hegarty (of Antony & The Johnsons)

8. Mouth Mantra

9. Quicksand

PRESS FOR ‘BIOPHILIA’

CLASH MUSICThis music really doesn’t need any window dressing because it’s as good a collection of songs as she has put her name to in ten years.”

PITCHFORKAs an innovator, she’s as vibrant as ever

THE GUARDIANHeralded as the future of music, Björk’s album/app is a whirl of innovation – and the music’s beautiful

NMELook past the techno wizardry, the grand designs and the brainy philosophy to find an album that’s intimate, playful and beautiful”

TINY MIXTAPESBiophilia the “Bjork album” stands with the best of them.”

NOW MAGAZINEBiophilia is one of Bjork’s best and most challenging records; it’s in a galaxy all its own, one that’s not for the faint of heart.

 

Vulnicura’ is out now digitally and physically on Friday 27th February 2015 on Inertia via Rhythmethod.

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