When she worked with Chris Cunningham on the robot-sex video for “All Is Full of Love,” she told him the song was about where love and lust meet. You see, Bjork is a human after all. Unlike Freddie Mercury who was hiding behind his mustached persona or David Bowie, who created his Ziggy Stardust alter ego, this otherworldly character of our cultural times is an ongoing trend. Transforming her stories into visual stunning stories, Bjork always channels emotions. Especially this time, with her new album, Vulnicura, a vital coping mechanism for her divorce from artist Matthew Barney.
This time the Icelandic icon is not talking about the vast universe at large or the fragility of life. In Vulnicura Bjork get personal, talking about a heartbreak. These are some highlights from her Pitchfork interview.
On using music therapeutically:
“In a way, I also rediscovered music, because [chokes up]—I’m sorry—it’s so miraculous what it can do to you; when you are in a really fucked situation, it’s the only thing that can save you. Nothing else will. And it does, it really does. I’m hoping the album will document the journey through. It is liberation in the end. It comes out as a healing process, because that’s how I experienced it myself.”
On getting through the rough times:
“I’m fucked and I’m trying to talk myself into it, like,”Go, girl! You can do it!” It’s me advising myself. It’s not me knowing it all—not at all. It’s just a certain route you just have to go; I went through it.”
About her heart-wrenching music:
“It’s really hard for me to talk about it. It really is in the lyrics. I’ve never really done lyrics like this, because they’re so teenage, so simple. I wrote them really quickly. But I also spent a long time on them to get them just right. It’s so hard to talk about the subject matter; it’s impossible—I’m sorry. [tears up] There’s so many songs about [heartbreak] that exist this in the world, because music is somehow the perfect medium to express something like this.”