01. Mouth Mantra - 06:09
02. Lionsong (Una Sveinbjarnardóttir solo) - 6:17
03. Black Lake (Una Sveinbjarnardóttir solo) - 10:08
04. Atom Dance (Sławomir Zubrzycki) - 07:46
05. Stonemilker - 06:48
06. Quicksand - 04:08
07. Notget (Sławomir Zubrzycki) - 04:41
08. Family (Sławomir Zubrzycki) - 07:04
Digital release bonus track
09. Black Lake (Viola Organista version with Una Sveinbjarnardóttir solo) - 10:55

Vulnicura album Tournée Vulnicura 2015-2017

Vulnicura Strings

6 novembre 2015

Vulnicura : the acoustic version - strings compile des enregistrements acoustiques à corde réarrangés des titres de Vulnicura.

Dates de sortie
6 novembre 2015 en cd + digital | 04 décembre 2015 en double vinyle


A propos de l’album

Viola Organista

Parmi les cordes utilisées sur ces nouvelles versions, on retrouve un instrument unique, rare et expérimental imaginé par Léonard de Vinci : le viola organista. C’est un clavier où les cordes sont frottées tel un violon.

Plus d’informations sur violaorganista.com

Björk à propos de l’album

while i was working on vulnicura , it became one of the most magical thing both musically and spiritually to unite the electronics and the acoustic instruments in an almost romantic way : to prove they can coexist !! that positive tango was a proactive counterpoint to the lyrics of the album : the end of an union . onion . tears . a lot . lol .

but while working on it i felt somehow for the first time , this was an album that could take another version : a reveal , to simply have the acoustics stand on their own for the folks who wanna indulge even further into the wooden timeless side of this music . w / no techno .

so here it is : i dug out the more close up pick up miked versions , other sonic point-of-views , added some violin solos by the gorgeous una sveinbjarnardóttir and the talented sławomir zubrzycki played masterfully the viola organista ( an instrument invented by leonardo da vinci but only recently built for the first time . it is little but like a grand piano which is bowed not plucked )

thanks to chris elms for mixing it

i hope you like this version too


The string arrangements for Vulnicura took me way longer than writing the album, or singing it, or writing the lyrics. It took me a year to do. I did a lot of embroidery and knitting as a kid, and the arrangements really tapped into that tradition. It’s like needlework. I really enjoy it. It takes a lot of time. I worked with local Icelandic musicians, and we have a different kind of relationship. It’s about costing billions and you go to the studio and it takes two hours to record it, like in the big cities. Red Bull Music Academy - Novembre 2016

For me, the key moment in the strings album is there’s a viola organista version of “Black Lake,” which has a section four minutes in that’s just a string, a sound, and so the song is broken down to this one very universal sounding exposition of raw pain. You carry it for a minute before the warmth comes back again. How did you walk that line between that intensity of emotion and bringing people back to a more comfortable place ?
It’s really intuitive. I do a lot of gigs. When you’ve done as many gigs as I’ve done, you learn in the room with people how far you can push it, and it’s fun to go and push it and take it further, and then reel in. With a recording that’s very different, because what you’ve made has to make sense in all these different rooms around the world. I believe you can be just as immersive or just as visceral. But there’s a certain grace or refinement that if you weave around it in the arrangement and even in the mix, the sound, the mastering, a lot happens there, and then it becomes this more spongy vessel that can take all the speakers and all the different rooms it will eventually travel to. But you don’t have to sacrifice any of the emergency. It’s just a question of how you wrap it up. Red Bull Music Academy - Novembre 2016

Björk à propos de Black lake

‘Yeah, and I’m glad I waited until after we’d played the album live to record it. After some time had passed, it became obvious that "Black Lake" in particular was just this weird ghost of a song. It doesn’t matter what mood you’re in, what concert hall you’re in : it’s always like going back to the Middle Ages. So I thought, OK, this is a little ancient song that would probably have a good relationship with the viola organista.’
Source : sinfinimusic.com




  • James Merry
  • Maiko Takeda
  • One Little Independent Records
  • Santiago Felipe
  • Sławomir Zubrzycki
  • Una Sveinbjarnardóttir