Icelandic chameleonic artist Björk is back with her 10th studio album “Fossora“. The upcoming release will be published this fall on One Little Independent Records and will be partially inspired by the death of Björk’s mother, Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir.
Following 2017’s dreamlike album, “Utopia“, the Icelandic singer reveals the long-awaited name and concept art of the album. A release that is set to melt away the boundaries of the genre with a new approach to “Biological Techno“.
Björk will continue teaming up with her longtime collaborators. Among them, the talented drag queen Hungry and designer James Merry. Besides having new talents to support her with their ideas, such as the talented photographer Vidar Logi.
In an interview with The Guardian. Björk revealed that Fossora is an “organic and spacious album, full of warmth and breath” and that it takes its name from the female version of the Latin word for “digger“. She also narrates that the album features contributions from Indonesian duo Gabber Modus Operandi, serpentwithfeet and Björk’s sons (Sindri and Doa).
The album was written and recorded in Björk’s hometown of Reykjavik. The inspiration came from a series of small raves she organized at her home among her tight-knit bubble of friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic. At those events, she was especially drawn to Gabber music. The hard and fast sound of the genre eventually made an appearance on Fossora, along with a sextet of bass clarinets and other elements.
Björk described the new studio work as her “mushroom album”, adding. “It’s like digging a hole in the ground. This time, I’m living with moles and I’m really connecting to the earth.”
The full tracklist of the album has not yet been announced, but Björk confirms the title of some of its tracks: ‘Atopos‘, ‘Fungal City‘, ‘Sorrowful Soil‘ and ‘Ancestress‘. These last two are tributes to the artist’s late mother, who passed away in 2018, at the age of 72.
If Utopia was a magical retreat from the black lake of misery into which he plunged in Vulnicura, then Fossora depicts life in this dreamland.
Reportedly, the first single from the album, “Atopos“, will be released soon, although no release date has been confirmed. Undoubtedly, Fossora will be an album where Björk will delve into the natural world around her.
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