“Our juxtapositioned fates
Find our mutual coordinates”
Bjork’s first lines in the opening track Stonemilker linger on every syllable, deliberately deconstructing every word by sounding them out, mirroring the dissolution of her relationship to her partner. She implores her lover to open up, to share to “show me emotional respect,” but all of this is hopeless, “like milking a stone.” She wants to get the relationship back on course but they’re both in emotionally distant places and can no longer occupy the same space. The words in Vulnicura aren’t just sang, they’re bled. You can feel the rawness of emotion permeate the entire album. You get the feeling with every song she’s exorcising her demons whilst also trying to get on her feet and with each step saying “I can get over this mountain, I just need to keep walking.” Emotionally devastating, honest, intimate and her best work since Medulla.
Originally published in the March issue of Kirkby Extra, Issue 318.
Monthly music columnist for the Kirkby Extra, sometimes article writer for Get Into This. Freelance writer/artist/maker.