On the Song Exploder podcast, host Hrishikesh Hirway talks to musicians who take apart their songs and, piece by piece, tell the stories of how they were made. Listen below.

In January, Björk released Vulnicura. She described it as “a complete heartbreak album.” And in November, she released Vulnicura Strings, a companion album that stripped away the electronics. In this episode, Björk breaks down the making of both the original version of the song “Stonemilker,” and the strings-only version. She traces her writing and recording process for the track, her collaboration with the electronic producer Arca, and why she wanted to make a second version.


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Song Exploder: Björk on Making Strings-Only Electronic Music