Fossora, Björk's tenth album, was partially inspired by the 2018 death of her mother Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir, in particular, the songs "Sorrowful Soil" and "Ancestress."
Björk's new album, Fossora features contributions from American singer Serpentwithfeet, Björk's two children Sindri and Ísadóra, Indonesian dance duo Gabber Modus Operandi, and a bass clarinet sextet.
The eclectic first single “atopos” is accompanied by a video introducing Björk’s sonic underground world brimming with saturated fungi and bass clarinets. The title “atopos” comes from the Latin word meaning "the other," both loving and in opposition. Born from the last three years living in her home country of Iceland, Björk writes and produces the song’s clarinet arrangements, repeating lyrics like “our differences are irrelevant” and “hope is a muscle” to the backdrop of painted mushrooms and rock formations.
Bjork explained the album quite nicely via Twitter recently:
“each album always starts with a feeling
that i try to shape into sound
this time around
the feeling was landing
on the earth and digging my feet into the ground”
Björk is a multidisciplinary artist who, time and again, innovates across music, art, fashion, and technology. From writing, arranging, and producing an expansive music catalog to her collaborations with scientists, app developers, writers, inventors, musicians and instrument makers, Björk continues to inspire and experiment, redefining the boundaries of what it means to be a musician.