Bjork On Feeling Like An Alien, Child Stardom In Iceland And 'Vulnicura'

February 18, 2015 5:59 PM

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Bjork On Feeling Like An Alien, Child Stardom In Iceland And 'Vulnicura'

Tugging at the fingers on her right hand, Björk counts off some recent, traumatic events in her life: a 2012 throat operation; a devastating breakup with her longtime partner, artist Matthew Barney; her mother's heart attack (she has recovered); and the death last year of studio collaborator Mark Bell. "It's been quite a dramatic time," the Icelandic singer admits, "but also very happy." Her new album, "Vulnicura" — a candid chronicle in strings and electronics of her split with Barney — hit the Top 40 in more than a dozen countries. In March, Björk, who shot to fame with the Icelandic post-punk band the Sugarcubes, will be the subject of a major audio-visual retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art. "It was a coincidence when this album came down in the middle of it," she says, but notes, "I get claustrophobic when it's too much of the past."

Has the album cured your heartbreak? I can't begin to describe how much better I feel, just physically. Obviously, life is not that black and white. Something will happen to me in five years, and it might come back to life. But I am out of that emergency stage, when you feel like a space alien, just...

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