Bjork ‘halfway through’ new album and planning tour

Singer says one song is inspired by National Geographic

Bjork has said that she is halfway through finishing her new album – and hopes to play live before 2011 ends.

Speaking to Icelandic newspaper Fréttablaðið, the singer said work was well underway the follow-up to 2007’s ‘Volta’ and alluded to a tour plan for later in the year.

“Hopefully I will be able to be on tour in the fall,” she said.

She also said she was wary of giving too many details about the album away, adding: “I have had some bad experiences with a number of things before. I’m very superstitious. I go into the studio with a plan to go do what I have in mind, and then the idea is half dead.”

The singer revealed one of her new songs is inspired by experiences she’d had after attending a conference organised by National Geographic magazine.

“I saw 100 talks and met eccentric people who had been in Africa for four years with lions and insects,” she said. “Then one night after drinking whiskey with them I began to hear stories. This is one of the collaborations I can talk about.”