Björk is dropping a new album designed to transform living rooms into clubs
Influential Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk recently spoke to the Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV in an interview during which she revealed details about the forthcoming album and the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement and the pandemic on her life and work.
The upcoming project will be her tenth studio album and will be as unusual as Björk’s creative identity. According to the artist’s statements, the new record is designed to be listened to at home. The music is aimed at the domestic clubbers born of this pandemic, which has converged all places and music into everyone’s homes. In the words of the Icelandic electronic music superpower, her next album is for:
‘people who are making clubs at home in their living room, restricted to their ‘Christmas bubble,”
The tracks of the forthcoming album are not known yet, but it is certainly Covid-19 and lockdown-proof. The artist also revealed that most of the tracks oscillate between 80 and 90 BPM and the reason couldn’t be more curious. Although Björk says the reason is boring, the truth is that it is at least bizarre. The artistic decision of this tempo in the songs is due to the fact that this is the speed at which she walks. It is definitely Björk speed. Despite the slow tempo of most of the project, the artist ensures that some of the songs speed up a bit at the last minute, to give the listener the feeling of being in a club.
The exponentiation of the Black Lives Matter movement during the pandemic stirred Björk and made her take an active role in the cause. To support Icelandic women of foreign origin, the artist is raising money for Kvennaathvarf Women’s Shelter through a series of orchestral concerts & livestreams at Harpa Concert Hall that she announced earlier this month.
As for the impact that the past year and a half has had on Björk’s life, the interview reads:
‘I’ve never had such a great time as these eighteen months in the pandemic (…) 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.’
For now, all that’s left to do is stay tuned for more revelations about Björk’s forthcoming album. Keep your eyes peeled.
Image credits: Björk (via Facebook)