Björk has officially announced her new album ‘Fossora’ (the feminine version of the Latin word for digger), along with some earthy and fantastical stunning artwork.
Fossora is what Björk refers to as her ‘mushroom’ album, likening the process of creating the album to digging a hole in the ground, living with moles, and grounding herself.
The follow-up to Björk’s 2017 album Utopia was created during the Covid pandemic, in what Björk refers to as an unexpectedly happy lockdown in Reykjavík, Iceland.
The lockdown had some surprises in store for the artist that pushed her get back to her roots. With the death of her mother, and her youngest son leaving home, Björk looked inwards to see what life held outside of the titles of mother, and daughter.
In a new interview with the Guardian, Björk shared the album was in part inspired by her mother’s death in 2018 at the age of 72. “That’s quite early, I think me and my brother were not ready to … we thought she had 10 years left. So we were like: ‘Come on,’ and getting her to fight and … and it was like she had an inner clock in her and she was just ready to go.”
Fossora is also a ‘love’ album, where its predecessors were about broken love, and love that didn’t work out this is about new love, self-love, love for the people that are in your life, love for the earth, and Mother Nature, timeless love.
The album’s first single, ‘Atopos’, is said to be coming soon, though no release date has been confirmed.
Fossora will be released this autumn on One Little Independent Records.
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