Freefall is such a breathtaking stunning piece of art. It is a classical masterpiece. It is only her and strings. It is a love song. It is absolutely overwhelming to my ears. It also has a small moment that sounds like it was directly lifted from Biophilia – maybe intentional because it corraltes with the lyric "our solar systems coalesced". It is so vulnerable but also so uplifting. A masterpiece for me.
Sorrowful Soil starts with just a choir and her voice, with just some bass coming in. But mostly choir. Together with Ancestress it is a monument to her mother. The combination of both followed by that Icelandic traditional is such an intense farewell. It feels like Fagurt Er í Fjörðu is the acceptance of a beloved one being connected to all that what was until now. I think this is also why there is some silence before it. It is short but heart breaking in that context.
I have been sitting with this album for a couple days now and it invaded my mind completely. It starts with the known songs followed by very deep emotional landscapes, an abrupt stop, just to be slowly evolving into something positive. Victimhood is haunting but pushing, followed by the delightful, almost bass driven Allow, just to go into the sexual Fungus City (not exactly the music but the lyrics), an almost naively positive world that will explode, just to connect a lot of dots in the end.
Some of the flutes on Fungus City remind me of some Legend Of Zelda song but I can't pinpoint which one. But again this is just me with my limited musical horizon. Something sounded like something. And just one small part of the song so don't expect much.
It is a ride. It is brillant. I honestly think this album is in the upper half of her discography easily. Everything since and including Volta had skips for me but this does not even if it is just because everything is interesting and well composed. It is a competent reduction of everything that happened since and exactly that.
No we do not get old Björk back but we get the best she has been ever since. Atopos and Ovule introduce the album perfectly while also not giving away anything.
Also the title track is a tsunami. The short distorted second verse followed by the heavy bass and the silly mid part is one of my favourite Björk moments ever for me. It is also one of the very few times you can almost call something a chorus löl. Her singing fooooOOoooOOOO SoooooOOOOraA a couple times is the closest we will ever get to Sia style Björk song haha (it does not sound like Chandelier do not get me wrong – it is just her melodically repeating a word)