IMaybe it was only a matter of time before Bjork, the great musical nature writer, made her way to the strangest kingdom in the living world: the forms of fungi that live from life from death. One of the best songs on her tenth album. VosoraMycelia, are named for the tiny fungal hyphae that form colonies to break up dead matter.
Björk imagines the march of these cottony strings as a choppy vocal choral, a kind of underground birdcage that grows faster and harder. It brings to mind the work of Dr. Susan Simard, the Canadian scientist who discovered the role of mycorrhizal networks in sharing resources between trees –wood level grid“Underground Fungal Cities… Drowning Mystery!” Björk cries in Fungal City, imagining a new love sprouting from the activity of the soil beneath, her voice wrapping around that of the American singer and producer. Serpent.
biophilia It may have been the title of her 2011 seventh album, but the Icelandic composer’s penchant for irrepressible forms of life has had a continuing life of its own in her work. VosoraAs you say, it is feminine of the Latin word for “burrower” (badgers are “fossil” mammals). Soil life, nesting and burial are just three themes that grow directly from this fertile silt. Terroir is something else. Conceived during lockdown, when anyone in their right mind rushes back to their home island, Vosora Found Björk on Icelandic grass for a long time, She hosts wild parties at her house. All she wanted to play was gabber – the Dutch variant bombing 90s on techno.
So Vosora It has proper rhythms to it, sort of a holy grail for old Björk fans who remember her huge past. And you can, almost, dance to some of these songs — even though they might sound more like headshots. The address path It offers a particularly intense cocktail of penal percussion and swirling vocals. Chimes are coming all over in association with Indonesian gabber dealers Jaber’s way of working.
Björk’s intention was to respond to the aerial themes of her previous album, The virtuous city (2017). Many woodwinds remain, but they tend to be bass clarinets—often six of them—along with trombone, oboe, Englishman, shriek and groan.
When Björk occasionally breaks with this lower palette on tracks like Allow, he allows an army of flutes to unleash a raging tune of lub-dub beats. Part of this album is dedicated to new romantic relationshipsDelusions in which love can take root again after suffering 2015 Fulnicura, who dealt with the breakdown of Bjork’s relationship with her daughter’s father. The slight downside is that, like some of Walt Disney’s cartoonish blue birds, these pesky flutes and whimsical clarinets break the majestic pain mood they create. Vosora One of Bjork’s most successful albums.
Bjork’s mother passed away in 2018 after a long illness. A number of these songs are in honor of Heldor Rona Hoxdottir. Loans It is explicitly described as an epitaph. Abandoning the more austere Icelandic tradition in which the priest recounts facts about the deceased, Björk celebrates her mother’s idiosyncrasies, her homeopathic therapist’s disregard for doctors. Details such as the scent of her death set on fragile strings and dissonant beats, with Björk’s son, Sindri, on backing vocals. An epic video follows a funeral procession that reenacts Helder’s death in fictional form, a “wife” with Earth.
When Bjork She describes her mother, and often herself as well (“She had a special sense of rhythm…inventing words and adding syllables!”). There’s more mother-daughter slip, too, in her mother’s lamentable home, the concluding track. Björk describes her mother’s voice and likens her home to the chambers of her heart. The guest here is Björk’s daughter, Ísadóra Bjarkadóttir Barney, whose move away from home at the age of 19 is mirrored here, another crank along the cogwheel of life.
If possible, Sorrowful Soil is more emotional. In this eulogy for Heldor, set on a distant bass line, the collective choirs follow Bjork’s lead as they sing about the amount of eggs a woman’s body produces, her “emotional fabric.” The way she sings “Sentimental” is reminiscent of 1997’s “Sentimental Landscape” Yoga.
“You did your best, you did well,” the digitally still voices insisted: “I did, I did, I did!” It’s pretty much the best thing a baby can say to its mom – or vice versa – especially when the two women don’t always have an easy relationship.
Less obvious, fantastic Autobus Björk sees stress on the importance of perseverance in relationships; It also partially addresses her mother. The track captures wonders Vosora In microcosm – hammer beats, woodland of tense clarinet, and Björk’s clear voice in tutorial mode, up front and emphasizing.