Björk has introduced she has a brand new album on the way in which. In keeping with The Guardian, the follow-up to 2017’s Utopia is named Fossora, and it’s due for launch within the fall. It encompasses a collaboration with serpentwithfeet, backing vocals from Björk’s son Sindri and daughter Ísadóra, and contributions from Indonesian dance duo Gabber Modus Operandi.
“On the quilt, she is a glowing forest sprite, her fingertips fusing with the unbelievable fungi beneath her hooves,” Chal Ravens wrote in her profile for The Guardian. “In contrast with the cloudy electronics of 2017’s Utopia, it’s natural and spacious, earthbound reasonably than dreamy, and crammed with heat and breath. It’s also a world of contrasts: the album’s two lodestones are bass clarinet and violent outbursts of gabber. There are moments of astonishing virtuosity and bewildering complexity and, like a lot of her latest music, a resistance to straightforward melody. Björk’s journey from 90s dance-pop to one thing extra like surreal opera has extra in widespread with Scott Walker’s swish trajectory than these of 90s friends similar to PJ Harvey.”
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This earthiness is trowelled by the album’s sextet of bass clarinets, an instrument chosen not for its gloominess, as in Mahler’s sixth Symphony, nor its smoky luxurious, like Bennie Maupin’s taking part in on Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew, however for its potential as percussive artillery. Björk wished them to sound “like Public Enemy, like duh-duh-duh-duh, like boxing”, she chirps, earlier than squatting in demonstration of the metre-long instrument’s heavyweight assault.
Then there’s the arduous techno. On heavy rotation at Björk’s lounge events have been Gabber Modus Operandi, two Indonesian punks who alloy folks types similar to Balinese gamelan with abrasive western gabber, footwork and noise. “They’re taking custom into the twenty first century, which I actually respect. They do it like no person else,” Björk says.
Describing the document, Björk mentioned: “Let’s see what it’s like if you stroll into this fantasy and, you recognize, have a lunch and farrrrt, and do regular issues, like meet your folks.” She additionally revealed that the album was impressed by grief options two songs written for her mom, the environmental activist Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir, who handed away in 2018.