Björk covers The Gentlewoman Magazine‘s Spring Summer 2015 issue. The singer was shot by fashion photographer Alasdair McLellan and you can check out some excerpts of the interview after the jump where Björk talks about writing Vulnicura after her break-up with artist Matthew Barney, her partner of 13 years.
“To be honest, out of all the music that I’ve done in my life, if there was ever an album I could not control, it was this one.” she said, and was horrified when she first sat down and listened to the songs. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, I have a break-up album’… When that happened, at first, I was really like a grumpy teenager. I was like, ‘This is predictable, this is like boring, I’m above this shit – this is not me.’
She further said: “It got to a certain point where it was like, ‘OK, should I just mess the songs up? What should I do?’ You know? I was just like, ‘I can’t do it.’ It’s the music snob in me who always wants to be doing cutting-edge, new things that’s kind of appalled that I’m doing a heartbreak album.
“But the anthropologist in me is like, ‘Let it just be what it is, because it’s the only way I can move on to the next thing in my life.’ ” she added and explained she was left with “the typical 10 heartbreak songs that were just vocals with string arrangements” which she continue to built on with Venezuelan producer Arca.
“At the time, it was so painful, but I knew that by the time I’d released the album, at least two years would have passed, and then I would have a more sensible head on my shoulders. And I could look at it and release it or not release it.” she concluded “I feel pretty good about it now.”