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Fossora

Bjork

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At last: Björk’s ‘lockdown album’. The Queen of Iceland drops her tenth studio album - an emotionally charged record where she grapples with the grief of her mother’s passing back in 2018, as well as the melancholy of lockdown. "I don’t think I’ve stayed home this much since I was 16. It was like being grounded, and I loved it," explained the artist to the press. While in her ‘hole’, Björk composed her so-called ‘mushroom album’ - a record that fuses symphonic instruments and, well… gabber. In exploring this variant of hardcore techno, which was born in the Netherlands in the 90s, the Icelandic singer connected with Ican Harem and DJ Kasimyn from Gabber Modus Operandi. These two producers are from the Indonesian rave scene, and when Björk called, they were on their way to record a buried gamelan...


This idea obviously fascinated Björk, given that Harem and Kasimyn feature on three tracks: ‘Trölla-Gabba’, the opener ‘Atopos’ - a nod to the reggaeton trend which has invaded pop of late - and ‘Fossora’, where this use of contrast is particularly striking. She has dubbed it ‘biological techno’ - something we’ve certainly never heard before… It can only serve as further proof of the audacity of this musician. Also featuring on this record are two songs composed for her mother (‘Sorrowful’ and ‘Ancestress’), and the grandiose interlude that is ‘Victimhood’ - a long electro-baroque tunnel, where her voice gets lost and bounces around the corners, intertwining with the meandering bass clarinet and creating a Tim Burton-like atmosphere. Then there is the magical, bucolic moment that is ‘Allow’, reminiscent of the mood of her hit ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’. Björk is done resting and has come back more inspired than ever. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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1
Atopos
00:04:46

Bjork, MainArtist - Kobalt Music, MusicPublisher - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - SVBKVLT, MusicPublisher - Kasimyn, Composer, FeaturedArtist

2022 One Little Independent Records 2022 One Little Independent Records

2
Ovule
00:03:38

Bjork, MainArtist - Kobalt Music, MusicPublisher - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

2022 One Little Independent Records 2022 One Little Independent Records

3
Mycelia
00:02:00

Bjork, MainArtist - Kobalt Music, MusicPublisher - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Composer, Producer

2022 One Little Independent Records 2022 One Little Independent Records

4
Sorrowful Soil
00:03:15

Bjork, MainArtist - Kobalt Music, MusicPublisher - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

2022 One Little Independent Records 2022 One Little Independent Records

5
Ancestress
00:07:17

Bjork, MainArtist - Kobalt Music, MusicPublisher - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Sindri Eldon, FeaturedArtist

2022 One Little Independent Records 2022 One Little Independent Records

6
Fagurt Er í Fjörðum
00:00:44

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Bjork, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Producer - Látra-Björg, Composer, Lyricist

2022 One Little Independent Records 2022 One Little Independent Records

7
Victimhood
00:06:57

Bjork, MainArtist - Kobalt Music, MusicPublisher - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

2022 One Little Independent Records 2022 One Little Independent Records

8
Allow
00:05:26

Bjork, MainArtist - Kobalt Music, MusicPublisher - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Sony / ATV Music, MusicPublisher - Emilie Nicolas, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist

2022 One Little Independent Records 2022 One Little Independent Records

9
Fungal City
00:04:45

Bjork, MainArtist - Kobalt Music, MusicPublisher - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - serpentwithfeet, FeaturedArtist

2022 One Little Independent Records 2022 One Little Independent Records

10
Trölla-Gabba
00:01:57

Bjork, MainArtist - Kobalt Music, MusicPublisher - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Composer, Producer - SVBKVLT, MusicPublisher - Kasimyn, Composer, FeaturedArtist

2022 One Little Independent Records 2022 One Little Independent Records

11
Freefall
00:04:31

Bjork, MainArtist - Kobalt Music, MusicPublisher - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

2022 One Little Independent Records 2022 One Little Independent Records

12
Fossora
00:04:19

Bjork, MainArtist - Kobalt Music, MusicPublisher - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - SVBKVLT, MusicPublisher - Kasimyn, Composer, FeaturedArtist

2022 One Little Independent Records 2022 One Little Independent Records

13
Her Mother’s House
00:04:33

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Bjork, MainArtist - Kobalt Music, MusicPublisher - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Ísadóra Bjarkardóttir Barney, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist

2022 One Little Independent Records 2022 One Little Independent Records

Album review

At last: Björk’s ‘lockdown album’. The Queen of Iceland drops her tenth studio album - an emotionally charged record where she grapples with the grief of her mother’s passing back in 2018, as well as the melancholy of lockdown. "I don’t think I’ve stayed home this much since I was 16. It was like being grounded, and I loved it," explained the artist to the press. While in her ‘hole’, Björk composed her so-called ‘mushroom album’ - a record that fuses symphonic instruments and, well… gabber. In exploring this variant of hardcore techno, which was born in the Netherlands in the 90s, the Icelandic singer connected with Ican Harem and DJ Kasimyn from Gabber Modus Operandi. These two producers are from the Indonesian rave scene, and when Björk called, they were on their way to record a buried gamelan...


This idea obviously fascinated Björk, given that Harem and Kasimyn feature on three tracks: ‘Trölla-Gabba’, the opener ‘Atopos’ - a nod to the reggaeton trend which has invaded pop of late - and ‘Fossora’, where this use of contrast is particularly striking. She has dubbed it ‘biological techno’ - something we’ve certainly never heard before… It can only serve as further proof of the audacity of this musician. Also featuring on this record are two songs composed for her mother (‘Sorrowful’ and ‘Ancestress’), and the grandiose interlude that is ‘Victimhood’ - a long electro-baroque tunnel, where her voice gets lost and bounces around the corners, intertwining with the meandering bass clarinet and creating a Tim Burton-like atmosphere. Then there is the magical, bucolic moment that is ‘Allow’, reminiscent of the mood of her hit ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’. Björk is done resting and has come back more inspired than ever. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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