While Bjork's previous album, Vulnicura
, was very much a break-up record following the end of her decade-long relationship with artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney, Utopia
finds the Icelandic songstress determined to move on. The record's 10-minute-long centerpiece, "Body Memory" is about how your body can get you through trauma when your mind and emotions are all screwed up. It represents Bjork's determination to enjoy life rather than wallow in her grief. She explained to Pitchfork
' on Vulnicura
was the darkest and saddest I've ever gone. 'Body Memory' is a reply to that. It is my manifesto. My subconscious was like, 'OK, I'll let you write the saddest song ever for 10 minutes if you then write something to counter that.' And then this song came out all in one go. Each verse is about big things in life: destiny, love, sex. It's a bit big-headed. It's about, 'OK, how am I going to live the second half of my life?' It's a new territory, a door that's opened."