Bjork has discussed the inspirations behind her ‘Vulnicura’ track ‘Stonemilker’ on Song Exploder, a podcast where artists discuss the details behind their significant songs.
The Icelandic singer told Hrishikesh Hirway about how she created the track and what it was like to collaborate with electronic producer and musician Arca (Alejandro Ghersi).
Discussing the song’s lyrics, she said, “I was walking on a beach and I was walking back and forth and the lyrics came along without me really editing them. The strength of this album is really simplicity and the thinking out loud feeling. And I shouldn’t be too clever. It would work against it. So, I kind of just went with the first words that came. [They’re] probably the most obvious lyrics I’ve ever written.”
Moving onto the track’s emotional core, she said “It’s about someone who’s trying to get emotions out of another person. The whole song is emotionally about wanting clarity, wanting simplicity, and talking to someone who wants things to be really complex and foggy and unclear. And you saying, ok, I’ve got clarity: want it or not? So, it’s sort of celebrating simplicity and clarity.”
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