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Björk Presents ‘Utopia’

It’s been a few weeks since Björk first released her ninth studio album Utopia, but the euphoric bliss it’s brought is still lingering. The eccentric Iceland signer, producer, DJ (the list of talents goes on), is known for her outlandish imagery and eclectic sound that has spanned decades. In August she announced the new album via handwritten letter on Instagram, which she fittingly signed, “warmthness, Björk.”

Utopia was co-produced with Alejandro Ghersi, better known as Venezuelan artist Arca, and with fourteen tracks in total, the album clocks in at 71 minutes and 38 seconds, making it the longest of Björk’s studio albums to date.

Where her last album, Vulnicura, told a story of heartbreak and despair, Utopia describes the journey back to love and accord. Björk explains that her new album is an exploration of utopia, with its writing process coinciding with some of the biggest political upheavals in recent history where paradise seems unattainable. “It’s like my Tinder album,” she said, “it is definitely about that search, and about being in love. Spending time with a person you enjoy on every level is obviously utopia, you know? I mean, it’s real. It’s when the dream becomes reality.” In addition to that, the album has prominent femme themes led by Björks own strong, feminine vocals. It’s clear that Björk is not just finding love, but finding herself, and loving doing it.

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