Björk - Fossora

Any/All
Allow could never fit on Utopia because of how subdued and low its sound is. Reworking it so it fits Fossora perfectly despite the usage of flutes is a stroke of genius. It sounds like a necessary breath of fresh air without breaking the album's flow.

Also y'all should show more love to Sorrowful Soil. It's the moment we properly start digging.
 
It functions so well as a complete body of work so it feels wrong to pick it apart, but these are emerging as my highlights:

Freefall
Victimhood
Atopos
Sorrowful Soil
Ancestress (+ Her Mother's House as an integral counterpart)

Also, the color palette for this album (like all of hers) feels so right and my favorite sounds are the ones that really lean into that damp, mossy, moldy green. I also appreciate how click-clacky and metallic a lot of the beats are, like hammer on (wet) rock.
 
Her Mother's House
Ancestress
Fungal City
Atopos
Fossora
HM: Victimhood

Atopos, Fossora and Victimhood switch positions depending on my mood. I love them all very much. The way she had Sindri and Ísadóra feature on my two favorite songs though! Móðir knows best.
 
She / Her
The vinyl version of Ancestress with her vocals cutting clear through the track...

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It's giving a strong whiff of Vespertine by way of Vulnicura's strings and Utopia's unconventional beat structures.
 
Atopos
Ancestress
Allow
Freefall
Fossora
Her Mother's House

..are all favourites. To be this 'into' a Bjork album so early on feels refreshing as it hasn't happened for me since Vespertine. Even Volta, which I really enjoy, didn't click this quickly.
 
Allow could never fit on Utopia because of how subdued and low its sound is.
Curious you see it this way because Björk thinks the opposite! She said she couldn't find space for "Allow" on Utopia because its rhythms and "rough around the edges" vibe deviated from the "sophistication and digital accuracy" she was aiming for. She explained "Allow" is made of scores upon scores of flutes edited together into complex rhythmical patterns inspired by Afrobeats. She completed the song while working on Fossora and realized its percussive quality fit with the rest of the material. How different or finalized the version she did with Arca was remains a mystery.

Speaking of Arca, B said she was supposed to be part of the Fossora team as well but all plans fell short because the pandemic made it impossible for them to spend time together in either Iceland or Barcelona. And she adds, "but maybe it was a good thing we couldn't make it happen because it was time for us to go in different directions. We both felt it was healthier this way". So... they get it.
 
The way I still struggle with Utopia and am glad Bjarca is on pause but suddenly can’t stop playing Losss. That’s the one for me. Sounds like someone’s copies of Homogenic and Vespertine being set alight and the owner singing from the centre of the flames. Stan it!

Anyway…as bold and out of the box as Fossora is, it goes down so easy. Had it on while studying earlier and it weirdly focused me.
 
Bought the vinyl today because I didn't want to miss my chance at getting that alternate version in my collection. Haven't had a listen on my shitty little turntable yet but I also noticed "Sorrowful Soil" is misspelled on the back cover (it's correct on the CD). None of these oddities are quite as good as the Malaysian Voltaic with four extra songs (so glad I snapped that up when I had the chance long ago), but owning an early version is still cool even though I know I'll prefer the final mix.
 
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