Bjork has discussed the breakdown of her relationship with artist Matthew Barney, which inspired new album ‘Vulnicura’.
Yesterday, Bjork rush released the digital version of ‘Vulnicura’ two months early after the album was leaked online. Speaking to Pitchfork, the artist said that the 2013 split was “the most painful thing” she had ever experienced.
“When I did this album it all just collapsed. I didn’t have anything,” she commented. “It was the most painful thing I ever experienced in my life. The only way I could deal with that was to start writing for strings; I decided to become a violin nerd and arrange everything for 15 strings and take a step further than what I’ve done before.”
Crying during the emotional interview, she went on to say that the subject of the break-up was difficult to open up about, but that the album’s lyrics tell the full story. “It’s really hard for me to talk about it,” she said. “It really is in the lyrics. I’ve never really done lyrics like this, because they’re so teenage, so simple. I wrote them really quickly. But I also spent a long time on them to get them just right. It’s so hard to talk about the subject matter; it’s impossible — I’m sorry. There’s so many songs about [heartbreak] that exist this in the world, because music is somehow the perfect medium to express something like this.”
Bjork and artist Matthew Barney were in a relationship for over a decade and have one daughter, Isadora. Writing about her new album on Facebook, Bjork called ‘Vulnicura’ a “heartbreak album”. In the Pitchfork interview she expressed concerns about playing the new material live. “It’ll be emotional,” she said. “I’m just going to have to cry and be a mess and do it.” A series of shows in New York have been booked for March and April.