Björk recently announced she was canceling several upcoming European concerts, citing a scheduling conflict for the nixed gigs in support of her LP Vulnicura. While the performances were initially postponed, in a new message to fans, the singer explains her eagerness to move on from her acclaimed, but painful, new record.
“Singing this album has been intense and the internal clock of it different to the other ones. It has sort of had to behave in its own little way,” Björk wrote on Facebook (via Pitchfork). “Both the urgency of the leak and now this sudden closure for reasons beyond my control is characteristic of that. I hope through the years I have earned enough tour karma points to get your support for this.”
Vulnicura was recorded during an emotionally turbulent time in the singer’s life: Her 13-year relationship with artist Matthew Barney – with whom she has a daughter – came to an end, and the LP’s first six songs detail that breakup. “Usually, I don’t really talk about my private life, but with this album there’s no two ways about what it is,” Björk said. Given the emotional weight Vulnicura carries, it’s no surprise the singer was eager to stop performing it and move on to something else.
“I have started writing new songs and feel the best most natural pathway to go is to let this beast flow its natural course and start anew,” Björk wrote. The singer previously compared recording Vulnicura to “having open-heart surgery, with knives sticking in, so that everything is out, and you have this urgency and immediacy.”