Björk shared an at once informative and not-so-informative post on Instagram this morning:
Over a year ago, actually, Björk announced that she was working on a utopian follow up to her last album, Vulnicura (which with both apocalyptic grandeur and granularity documented a breakup, and which the artist compared to “hell”). And, from the looks of it, that new album will soon be upon us; in fact, it’s already available to pre-order on her website — though that doesn’t mean the site provides any details about the content, or the title, or even the release date.
However, Björk recently did a soon-to-be-released interview for the cover story of Dazed’s Autumn issue, that in part details the upcoming album — and the magazine shared a preview of that feature today. The album, it notes, sees her collaborating once again with Arca, and she calls their work together “the strongest musical bond [she’s] ever had.”
Björk also tells the magazine, “This is like my Tinder album…It’s about that search (for utopia) – and about being in love. Spending time with a person you enjoy is when the dream becomes real.” I, personally, want to hear a Scruff album from Björk — but we can’t have everything. Beyond what may or may not be poetized versions of swiping left set to sonic imaginings of the movements of tectonic plates, Björk also hints at a political drive for the album, a utopian dream to contrast the surge in right wing populism. She says, “If we’re gonna survive the situation the world is in today, we’ve got to come up with a new plan. Especially now, this kind of dream is an emergency.”