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  • Kimya Bashar

Björk announces her ‘mushroom album’ ‘Fossora’

Björk has announced a new album, Fossora, which will be out this fall.


In a new interview with The Guardian, Björk says that the record is her “mushroom album.” Across the tracks of Fossora, the Icelandic artist channels an earthy sound, which she calls “biological techno.”


The forthcoming album serves as the follow-up to 2017’s Utopia. Where that record was a “magical retreat from the black lake of misery she plunged into” after a breakup with Matthew Barney, Fossora sees Björk channeling full fantasy.


“Let’s see what it’s like when you walk into this fantasy and, you know, have a lunch and farrrrt, and do normal things, like meet your friends,” Björk says.


Two of the songs on the album were written by Björk’s mother, who passed away in 2018.


Fossora is set to feature a sextet of bass clarinets, beats from Gabber Modus Operandi, and vocals from Serpentwithfeet, her son Sindri, and her daughter Ísadóra.


“Her new album is called Fossora, the feminine version of the Latin word for digger,” Chal Ravens writes for The Guardian. “On the cover, she is a glowing forest sprite, her fingertips fusing with the fantastic fungi under her hooves. Compared with the cloudy electronics of 2017’s Utopia, it is organic and spacious, earthbound rather than dreamy, and filled with warmth and breath. It is 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 much of her recent music, a resistance to easy melody.”

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