"I haven't seen you like this since Beyoncé released her album."
That's what my boyfriend told me moments after I learned that Björk had pushed forward the release of her ninth studio album, Vulnicura, on Tuesday (January 20). At least, I think that's what I said. It was all very overwhelming. There was...a lot of shrieking to contend with.
The Icelandic artist first announced the follow-up to 2011's Biophilia, along with its March 2015 release, via social media on January 13. Leaks of the entire album hit the Internet this past weekend, forcing Björk to choose between giving her fans the highest-quality listening experience and preserving the LP's intended promotional plan. Thankfully, she chose the former.
After a nail-biting couple of hours (just me?), Vulnicura has finally hit iTunes US. The 9-track collection feels simultaneously comforting and paralyzing, organic yet alien -- like the long-awaited response to the Voyager Golden Records of 1977.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to play and replay the transition at 4:40 on "Atom Dance" until I pass out. Here's what Björk herself has to say about the work.
"i guess i found in my lap one year into writing it a complete heartbreak album," she shared on Facebook. "first i was worried it would be too self indulgent but then i felt it might make it even more universal . and hopefully the songs could be a help , a crutch to others and prove how biological this process is : the wound and the healing of the wound . psychologically and physically."
"there is a way out," she concluded.