Björk’s Son Clarifies His Claim That He’s a Better Songwriter Than She Is

"I was an asshole back then," Sindri Eldon admitted on Twitter

Björk performs onstage during her "Cornucopia" tour at The O2 Arena on November 19, 2019 in London, England.
Björk performs onstage during her "Cornucopia" tour at The O2 Arena on November 19, 2019 in London, England.
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It can be tough trying to carve out your own career when you’re the progeny of a famous musician. No matter what artists like Sean Lennon or Jakob Dylan do, they’re always going to remain in the shadow of their superstar parents. But while you’re likely already familiar with the sons of your classic rock heroes, you may be unfamiliar with Björk’s son Sindri Eldon, who recently gained some attention on Twitter after an interview he gave more than a decade ago in which he claimed he’s a better songwriter than his mother resurfaced.

“My main statement will be to prove to everyone what I’ve secretly known for ages: that I’m a better songwriter and lyricist than 90 percent of Icelandic musicians, my mother included,” he originally said in the interview. On Sunday, he put together a lengthy thread on Twitter to clarify his comments and provide a little context.

“Ok. first, i+I think it has to be said that this is from like 15 yrs ago,” he wrote on Twitter. “I was an asshole back then, drinking a lot and in a toxic relationship. I had a massive chip on my shoulder and didn’t really know how to deal with it.”

“The interview being quoted was done via email by a guy called Bob Cluness who was my friend at the time, so the responses were meant to be kinda tongue-in-cheek and jokey,” he added. “I was very bitter and angry, yes, but I was also just dicking around.”

“Context doesn’t really impart very well in a text interview,” he continued. “Anger, self-loathing and self-sabotage are things I’ve struggled with a lot in my life. Like everyone who likes their parents, I grew up wanting to be like them, but they made it look so easy, so I didn’t really put the work in like I should.”

Eldon also responded to some Twitter commenters who took issue with the lyrics to his 2014 song “Song of Frustration in the Face of Absolute Fidelity” — “She’s got a boyfriend, of course, of course/Some self-obsessed asshole from her French course/Has he ever cheated on her?/Yes, a few times, but she doesn’t much care/She is all alone with me, drunk on Bud Lite/It wouldn’t take a genius to do this just right/But I’m not gonna do that, no, I’m better than that/Plus, I don’t wanna share a girl with a guy like that” — calling it an “incel anthem.”

In any case, you can listen to some of his more recent material (2018’s “Ok to Disconnect”) below and judge for yourself whether or not he’s more talented than his mother.

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