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Björk’s new album for people “making clubs at home”

It will be the Icelandic singer's first album since 2017's 'Utopia'

By Hollie Geraghty

Björk performing live
Björk (Photo: Santiago Felipe/Press)

Björk has shared details of her first album in four years, saying that it will be for people who are clubbing at home in their living rooms.

In a new interview with national broadcaster RÚV, the Icelandic singer said her new album, the follow up to 2017’s ‘Utopia’, is “for people who are making clubs at home in their living room, restricted to their ‘Christmas bubble.’”

Speaking about the album’s sound, she said it was like “a man who was headbanging, then sat down again and had another glass of red wine, and everyone is home by ten o’clock, done with the dancing and everything.”

She added: “But in this new album there’s a lot of chill in the first half of the song and a lot of calm in the second half, but when there’s one minute left the song turns into a club.”

She also said most of the songs are at 80-90 beats per minute, adding “and the reason is quite boring: when I walk, I walk at this speed.”

The musician also spoke about her experience of the pandemic. “I’ve never had such a great time as these eighteen months in the pandemic,” she said. 

“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.”

While there is currently no release date for the new record, the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France recently announced that Björk will stage an exhibition in May 2022, “inspired by her artistic universe”, possibly to coincide with the new album.

On social media Björk has been sharing a series of “score stories”, sharing how she wrote and created various songs.

The singer is due to return to the UK in July 2022 to headline Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank Observatory. Joined by The Hallé Orchestra, the performance will feature visuals projected onto the 250-foot Lovell Telescope.