From Ben-Beaumont Thomas at The Guardian
Icelandic singer marks a change in mood from her breakup album Vulnicura, saying her new songs are about being in love
Björk has announced an as yet untitled new album, saying it is “about being in love”.
The Icelandic singer’s previous record, Vulnicura, was a dark and fraught album that reflected on the breakdown of her marriage to artist Matthew Barney. Conversely, the new LP is “my dating album,” she told Dazed magazine. “This is like my Tinder record.”
Explaining further, she says: “Spending time with a person you enjoy on every level is obviously utopia. I mean, it’s real. It’s when the dream becomes real … everyone’s gonna be like, ‘Are you married?’ with this one. But … it’s too fragile still. I think, if I could, I’d just say this is my dating album. Let’s just leave it there.”
She says the album also reflects on the rise of rightwing populism. “Maybe that’s why it became a utopian theme – if we’re gonna survive not only my personal drama but also the sort of situation the world is in today, we’ve got to come up with a new plan. If we don’t have the dream, we’re just not gonna change. Especially now, this kind of dream is an emergency.”
Like Vulnicura, the album is co-produced by Venezuelan producer Arca, who has previously worked with Kanye West and released five acclaimed solo albums. Film-maker Andrew Thomas Huang, who has worked on a number of Björk videos, said earlier this year that her album would be “really future-facing, in a hopeful way that I think is needed right now”.
After posting an announcement on her Facebook page, Björk’s album is available to pre-order in her online store, currently without a title or artwork.
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