Björk has reflected on the amount of time she has spent in America over nearly two decades, saying she had “a very complicated relationship with America”.
In this week’s NME interview, the Icelandic music icon spoke about the time he spent at home during the COVID pandemic, which gave him a sense of normalcy he hadn’t experienced in years.
“I’ve had an amazing two years, which is the longest I’ve been in Iceland without ever going to an airport since I was 16,” he said.
“That was really good. It was a really good feeling, physically: that feeling of rooting my feet and being on the ground.”
He continued: “You become self-sufficient when you are denied travel. Your closest friends and family meet your basic basic needs. It’s beautiful, because sometimes you look at these things for too long.”
The singer then contrasted the comfort of her home country with the comfort of the United States, which had been her part-time home since 2002, before she left at the start of the pandemic.
“I had a very complicated relationship with the United States when I was there,” he said, citing “the mass murders, the racial violence, Trump.”
“I’m not really an urban person. I love to visit the cities and party or go to a gallery or a concert, but then I want to come home. I’m more of a country person by nature, so it was a a complete blessing to me.” And I’m here,” he said.
The singer previously told Pitchfork that she left the United States because the violence in the country was “on a scale I can’t even fathom,” adding that her daughter’s school was only 40 minutes from Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a mass shooting killed 26 people in 2012.
Elsewhere in her cover interview with NME, Björk discussed how two songs on her new album ‘Fossora’ dealt with the death of her mother, Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir, who died in 2018 after a long illness.
“For everyone, losing a parent and dealing with it is a cornerstone of their life,” said Björk, reflecting on ‘Sorrowful Soil’ and ‘Ancestress’.
“I wanted to be honest in the lyrics,” she said. “There are 14 songs on the album, and two are about my mother – that is, one out of seven, which feels like the balance of the last four years of my life and how important it was.”
Björk also spoke to NME about the sexism that has often surfaced against her and Kate Bush, adding that the latter’s recent success on “Running Up That Hill” shows a clear change in attitude.
“I was always offended by how often Kate Bush wrote about being crazy or a crazy witch, or how I was a crazy ELF,” said Björk.
“We are producers. I have written all my scores for 20 years. I’m not bragging, I’m saying it just because people still want me to be a naive goblin. If we were men, we would they want to take us more seriously.