Inside Track: Björk’s Vulnicura

The history of rock & roll is littered with breakup albums, and early this year the genre received a notable addition in the form of Björk’s Vulnicura. The futuristic experimentation of 2011’s Biophilia has given way to exquisite yet stark string arrangements, written by Björk, augmented by cutting–edge electronics, again courtesy of Björk, mostly in collaboration with young electronic music artists Arca, the Haxan Cloak and Spaces. Together the music and the lyrics create a compelling journey from pre–breakup unease, to the desolation of her split with long–term partner, artist Matthew Barney, to post–breakup despair and eventual healing.

In an email interview with SOS, Björk calls Vulnicura “my most ‘psychological’ album” and “an Ingmar Bergman album”, harking back to an era when art was expected to challenge and disturb. However, while the content and approach of Vulnicura may recall times past, and the heartbreak theme itself obviously is as old as mankind, the album’s form and manner in which it was made are entirely 21st Century.

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Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mikey Donaldson

The Tamar Braxton album Love And War was, says Mikey Donaldson, the "biggest opportunity” of his career, giving him the chance to engineer and mix the majority of a major release. Donaldson is a fast-rising star in the Los Angeles studio world, who modestly still regards himself as an understudy to the legendary mixer Jean-Marie Horvat. That's not to say that Donaldson doesn't already have an impressive track record of his own, which at the age of 26 already includes big names like Kelly Clarkson, Boyz II Men, Ciara, Janet Jackson, Pussycat Dolls, Beyoncé and Natasha Bedingfield.

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