Björk returns with new single “atopos” today, ahead of her new album “fossora”, due out on the 30th of September. The new single is something I’d describe as clarinet rave, as clearly the bass wind and reed instruments are the musical direction this time around. Björk said the song is like having a party in private and that the album is very on the low end. That’s very clear in the percussive violence of the harsh drum machines, thick basslines and raspy dissonance of the clarinets. I can hear twisted vocals Medulla style in the background, but this feels like the aggressor to “Utopia”, Björk’s previous album. It still lives in the wind instrumentation world but instead of the vibrant glory of the flutes, we have a more guttural emergency. I’m curious to see if these are estranged relative albums.
Enjoy the crazy and beautiful music video for “atapos” below featuring fauna dresses, masks, crazy nails and some beautiful CGI work. I’m so glad that CGI has become advanced enough to keep up with Björk’s creative visions. Expect the unexpected for “fossora” which is available for pre-order now.
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