Bjork Takes 2-Month-Early ‘Vulnicura’ Leak In Stride With Message to Fans

An early iTunes release delivers higher quality than the leaked MP3s, and Bjork explains the album's creation.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Almost immediately after the announcement of a new album, Vulnicura, with a release date in March, Bjork‘s latest studio offering leaked online. Rather than take the Madonna path of bitterly lamenting the forensically vampiric fangs of the internet, the Icelandic weirdo goddess embraced the leak, offering the album up for sale on iTunes within hours. 

In a Facebook post, Bjork addressed her fans and shared some insight on the path to Vulnicura’s creation, which was at first a surprisingly “accurate emotional chronology” of “complete heartbreak”.

dear websitefolks , fans , tweeters and my music supporters on all the sorts of www:

vulnicura will be rolling out worldwide over the next 24 hours !! 

i am so grateful you are still interested in my work !!

i appreciate every little bit !!!

i wanted to tell you the tale of making of this album 

i guess i found in my lap one year into writing it a complete heartbreak album . kinda surprised how thoroughly i had documented this in pretty much accurate emotional chronology …. like 3 songs before a break up and three after . so the anthropologist in me sneaked in and i decided to share them as such . 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 . it has a stubborn clock attached to it . 

there is a way out

and then a magic thing happened to me : as i lost one thing something else entered . alejandro contacted me late summer 2013 and was interested in working with me . it was perfect timing . to make beats to the songs would have taken me 3 years ( like on vespertine ) but this enchanted arca would visit me repeatedly and only few months later we had a whole album !!! it is one of the most enjoyable collaboration i have had ! 

i then went ahead and wrote string and choir arrangements and recorded them in iceland 

and whom else to lure into singing with me my worship-of-love-song “atom dance ” than my goddess of love : antony ?

towards the end of the album i started looking around for a mixing engineer and was introduced by a mutual friend of ours , robin carolan to the haxan cloak . he mixed the album and also made a beat for one half of “family” . together with chris elms the engineer we kinda formed a band during the mixing process and this is the album we made !!! 

i do hope you enjoy it 

i would like to thank this overqualified little team ( where roles often blurred )

. i also would like to thank robin , his generous approvals gave me more courage to complete this as is . 

and my group of songswapping / dj friends : the right tune can truly cure : ta for those sonic ointments 

but most of all i would like to thank my team : james merry , derek birkett and emma birkett . rosemary and elisa . this album could not have been done without you

Björk has a big year ahead, having already been confirmed for festival appearances including Governors Ball in New York City.  

Meanwhile, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will open a retrospective showcase dedicated to the Icelandic artist’s career on March 7. The exhibition, which runs for three months, will “chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance,” such as a “music and film experience” created by director Andrew Huang and 3D software designer Autodesk.