What does it sound like?:
The nine songs on Vulnicura are clearly very important to Björk. The original album is a deeply personal lament for a failed relationship. Its title means ‘healing a wound’. It must have been cathartic composing the finely detailed strings, double-tracked to thirty pieces, and exhilarating to hear them underpinned by the electronic washes and beats of Arca and Haxan Cloak.
Vulnicura Live is the fourth collection of these songs; we’ve also had a remix series curated for Dazed Digital and Vulnicura Strings, an intensely raw companion piece stripped of the electronic beats. Plus, of course, there have been a number of truly remarkable videos (check out Mouth Mantra and Stonemilker on YouTube).
In fact, Vulnicura Live is actually a mainstream release of a special Rough Trade limited edition from last October minus one track.
The first six tunes are presented in the same chronological order as the parent album. The string arrangements are less creamy than the studio versions and the Electronica is heavier. The melodies, often previously stitched into the threads by the strings, are now carried more by Björk’s keening vocals. The gentleness of their undulations contrasts with the turmoil » Continue Reading.