Violence in the United States “too much”, says Björk about her move to Iceland
While it’s hard to imagine an Icelandic singer Bjork Living anywhere but the wild greenery of her home country, the musician has been a part-time New Yorker for about ten years. Rrecently, however, the island nation has become his full-time home, trading urban sprawl for Iceland’s volcanic landscapes. By speaking with Fork about her upcoming album FossorBjörk said the life changes were the result of the mass violence experienced in the United States, especially during COVID-19.
“The violence in the United States is on a scale I can’t even imagine,” the singer-songwriter said when discussing police brutality and the rise of mass shootings in the country.
Mentioning the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 26 children and adults, Björk expressed concern for the well-being of her daughter Ísadóra as she walked to a school in New York “40 minutes of Sandy Hook” during the incident.
“When we’re here, I absorb all of Iceland,” said the A dancer in the night actor. “If one person is killed in the north, we all suffer. It’s an island mentality. In the United States, being a simple islander, all the violence was just too much for me,” the singer added.
In addition to the mounting violence, Björk spoke of her sense of desperation when the United States decided to leave the Paris climate agreement in 2017. “It was the only time something happened on the news where I broke down and cried,” she said. “I was just broke.”
All those feelings of trudging through a world but getting by seems to be part of the inspiration for the next album. Fossor, which the electronic musician has described as her “mushroom album”. The earthy LP will bloom with a fall release date via One Little Independent Records.