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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

bjork... vulnicura... lyrics and sounds... verse II


 cover character by björk
photographed by inez and vinoodh
designed at m /m (paris)

to view verse I, click here
(note: PR agency wouldn't send the album or an audio link, OLI sent a private soundcloud...)

vulnicura... giving birth to rupture...

family
6 months after
“...  where i can pay respects to the death for my family... so where do i go... to mourn our miraculous triangle... i raise a monument of love... this universe of solutions...

notget
11 months after
“... we carry the same wound... but have different cures... similar injuries... but opposite remedies...”

atom dance
“... love is the ocean we crave... am dancing towards transformation... healed by atom dance... enter the pain and dance with me...

mouth mantra
“... there is vocal of sadness... in vow of silence... this tunnel has enabled thousands of sounds... now i sacrifice this scar...

quicksand
“... our mother’s philosophy... it feels like quicksand... where choreographed oxygen... embroiders the air...

... like an animal’s intuition, björk smells the rupture. the stuttering phase of an end. björk documents the travelogue of her heart-broken-to-be through the long sobbing strings with electro-beat interferences... when the heart forgets to follow its ritual rhythm... when it limps...
the moments before the rupture: stonemilker, lionsong, history of touches.
the moments after the rupture: black lake, family, notget
the healing process... work (still) in progress! atom dance, mouth mantra, quicksand.

her ninth opus vulnicura is her second intimate adventure on record: a raw and spiritual journey where black lake (10 minutes) is certainly the most intense track. there is calm on black lake... but not that sort of calm when one feels pacified... a calm after a storm in the ocean... when finally the ocean rejects a “garbage” on safe-sand... a sense of dizziness... no more room for hope... a peaceful lament à la nusrat fateh ali khan. she is in shreds but safe on a no u-turn sinuous track...

in that sense, vulnicura is comparable, graphically and emotionally to medulla... the near acapella album documenting her blood current while pregnant with her child... the daughter of her now “defunct” lover...
both albums are hymn to tribal, minimal survival... organic... “gore” and cathartic... carnal... vulnicura murmurs to the lover in a much more sufism’s approach...

... it does bear sonic traces of björk’s pre-medulla (unstable) albums [the track Joga more specifically] ... but despite all the confusion of a rupture, vulnicura is firmly stable in sounds and its wound evolves in the course of the hour...

family asks in a tired anger where to mourn, but she also wants to build a monument... like these monuments that are built after conflict times... to forget that once souls lost their lives... replacing carnage... it is reincarnation time... reconnecting with the universe... grounding alone (with her daughter).
notget seems to function as a celebration of her rupture acceptance... a broken heart in reconstruction after being abandoned...

atom dance and mouth mantra open up as a timid victory on pain, suggesting a recovery... but not just yet...

written and composed by björk, except: 5, 6 written by björk, composed by björk & arca; 8 written by björk and oddnŷ eir, composed by björk; 9 written by björk, composed by björk and spaces
1, 9 produced by björk; 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 produced by björk and arca
all vocals by björk


bjork related posts on vulnicura:


sybille castelain for babylondonorbital@gmail.com



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