There's a lightness to the touch mostly though, which might be a result of less (/no?) Arca. I adore Miss Arca but sometimes it's good to open the windows and let some air in.
But now we said it.
I've been thinking for the longest time that most of the gripes many have with Vulnicura
are just degrees of dislike\disinterest\exhaustion\ambivalence towards Arca's handprints being all over those records. Case in point, "Allow" and "Her Mother's House" being singled out as highlights of Fossora
when one is literally
a copy-pasted Utopia
track and the other a mirror held to "Future Forever".
I also disagree that the music and themes of Fossora
are more accessible than the music and themes of Vulnicura
. All three share a common DNA rendered in different colors, scales and moods, just like three sisters: the Powerpuff Gjörls. Fossora
feels lighter and fresher because the fatigue of two consecutive albums co-produced by Arca has dissipated after five years of waiting—one a melodrama amped up to 200, heavy as fuck, laden with trauma, hopelessness and pharynx surgery; the other lengthy, dense, intricate, filled to the brim and held together by a complex, subtle, sometimes contradicting narrative; one monument after the other, sharing many of same electronics, the absence of which creates a deceitful sense of difference.
In fact, Fossora
strikes me as the most serious contemporary classical music album of the three. All the björkisms are in full force, the SelmaSongs
, the Drawing Restraint 9
, the juxtaposition of pretty and dissonant, the disregard for conventional structures, the diaristic lyrics, vocals being treated like just another instrumental part among violins and woodwinds... These instrumentals belong to the orchestra pits of opera theaters everywhere with rich ladies in furs and repressed bourgeois gays watching from the mezzanine.
It's the biggest merit of Fossora
, I guess, showing the problem wasn't Björk's Deutsche Grammophon realness but maybe fresher ears, easier emotional access and a more compact presentation.