Björk’s New Pandemic Album Will Be Ideal For Clubbing In The Living Room
Björk has started to talk about her next album, which will be her first since 2017’s Utopia. In a new interview (as pointed out by a Björk fanpage) that will air prior to some livestreamed performances with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, she said that the new album will be ideal for clubbing in the living room, a restriction brought about because of the pandemic. She said it’s “for people who are making clubs at home in their living room, restricted to their ‘Christmas bubble.'”
“I’ve recently started listening to beats that move around like a virus — sort of still-standing, yet making quick moves at the same time,” she said. “In my new album I definitely went up in beats. One song is very chill in the first half, very calm and cozy, like everyone in COVID just having comfort at home. And when there’s one minute left of the song, it turns into a club. But just for a minute! It’s like a song for the people who turned their house into a club, to party with others in their bubble. Parties where you’d just stand up and headbang for a minute, and then sit back down and pour yourself another glass of wine. And everyone is home before ten o’clock. Finished for tonight by then, even the dancing.”
Björk also talked about her experience during the pandemic. “I’ve never had such a great time as these eighteen months in the pandemic,” she said. “Waking up every day in my bed, always so surprised and grounded and calm. I’ve not been that pumped since I was sixteen. We as Icelanders are very lucky because we are doing pretty well compared to other nations that have had to deal with this pandemic.”
During her ongoing Icelandic orchestral residency in Elborg Hall at Harpa, she has been performing some rarities, including “Unison” (her first time performing it since 2011) and “Who Is It” (first time since 2012).
A couple weeks ago, the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France announced that Björk will stage an exhibition next May, which is “inspired by her artistic universe,” and that the exhibition “will be presented on the occasion of a new album release by the artist,” per some speculation.
And on her social media, Björk has been recently sharing a series of “score stories” in which she talks about the making of certain songs:
More of those are here.