Björk has shared the lead single from her forthcoming album, Fossora, which is due out at the end of the month. “Atopos” is a woodwind goliath, a lumbering organic machine awakened after millennia of sleep. Featuring Kasimyn, one half of the duo Gabber Modus Operandi, the track alternates between bass-heavy club theatrics and something more earthen. It’s a reminder that Björk commands musical elements known only to her and those in her immediate studio orbit. Wooden cogs turn and gears coated in sap and Myxogastria run forwards and then backwards until time becomes irrelevant.
In a post to her Twitter account earlier today, she says:
“the lyrics are inspired by what roland barthes described as the unclassifiable OTHER ‘our differences are irrelevant our union is stronger than us'”
Directed by Viðar Logi, the video finds Björk engulfed in a fungal fantasy, as she gyrates and immerses herself fully in this otherworldly communion. It’s beautiful and disorienting and something that only she could manifest for any length of time.
Watch the video below.
Björk’s new album, Fossora, is due out September 30 via One Little Independent Records. Pre-order the album here. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.