A new Björk song is like a religious experience. I am the opposite of a religious person, but a Black church’s gospel song always moves me. I don’t always get what Björk does, the music is strange and the aesthetics are always bizarre but the emotion is real.
Björk has announced the release of her upcoming album entitled “Fossora” and she has unveiled the first single “Atopos,” accompanied by one of these curious videos. As usual, nothing is superficial with Björk and this one has a deep meaning: “The title to the song ATOPOS is inspired by what Roland Barthes describes so magnificently in his book “a lover’s discourse,” she wrote on social media. “It is about the unclassifiable OTHER, the one which we love or hate, who is the OTHER?”
The music is sparse and almost brutal, all techno-percussive, filled with bass, hard beats, dissonant clarinets, and Bjork’s unmistakable voice singing: “Are these not just excuses to not connect?/our differences are irrelevant/to insist on absolute justice”… “hope is a muscle that allows us to connect.”
When watching the video, directed by Viðar Logi, you enter one of these intriguing Bjork universes where she is wearing incredible fashion, a green mossy dress, looking like a hallucinogenic chlorophyll-tainted mushroom. After all, fungi represent an entire kingdom of the living world and deserve their own song… although this looks more foreign than your average fungi.
“I would like to thank James Merry for his involvement in helping me create the Fossora world,” she wrote about her creative consultant. “I am grateful for those incredibly precious 13 years together which have been filled with enormous joy, creativity, deep mature talks, your fertile and generous nature has truly enriched my life and you are such a miraculous friend. and us going through all the possible different job titles in the phone book together is absolutely in the spirit of the mercurial progressive energy we have shared. I´m blessed to walk through this life with you”
She also wrote the following, addressed to Viðar Logi, responsible for the video’s visuals: “Thanks for all your joyous celebratory energy and for being up for taking on all the challenges I threw at you !! you transformed all of them into a Viðar Logi vision, I couldn´t possible have had a better visual partner in the pandemic… I am so incredibly grateful for our journey, I can´t believe the amount of things we´ve done in the last 3 years !! can´t wait to share it with the world !!”
“Fossora” is due on September 30th.
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