Björk shares her scratchy new single ‘Atopos’: “Could you do it out loud?”

Björk has shared a new single called ‘Atopos’, which you can listen to below.

The song serves as the first lead from the Icelandic artist’s tenth studio album, ‘Fossora’, which arrives on September 30 via One Little Independent Records (prepare it here).

“Björk asked her fans on Twitter today (September 6) to play her latest song, scratchy and full of bass, at full volume.

“The lyrics are inspired by what Roland Barthes described as the unclassified OTHERS “our differences are irrelevant our union is stronger than us”.

I another tweetBjörk explained: “[‘Atopos’ es] sonic world heavy bass. We have six bass clarinets, sub-drilling, nesting and digging into the ground.”

The surreal official video for the single – directed by Viðar Logi – follows Björk as she frolics in a funky otherworldly setting. The protagonist is the character of the “bright forest” that appears on the cover of ‘Atopos’.

For his part, DJ Kasimyn, from Gabber Modus Operandi, spins the tunes in the mushroom forest and a live bass clarinet section plays. Listen here:

Speaking about her upcoming album “Fossora”, Björk explained that “it’s a word I made up. It’s the feminine form of fossore (digger, digger, digger), so in short it means ‘the one who dig’ (in the ground).”.

He says: “Every album always starts with a feeling that I try to put into the sound. This time, the feeling was of landing on the ground and digging into the ground.

“It was also intertwined with the way I experienced the ‘now.’ This time, 7 billion of us did it together, nestling in our homes and staying in one place long enough to put down roots.”

In October 2021, Björk said that the LP was created “for people who are making sticks at home, in their living room” during the lockdown imposed by COVID.

You can see the full tracklist for ‘Fossora’ below.




‘painful land’


Fagurt Er í Fjörðum



‘Mushroom City’


‘free fall’


‘her mother’s house’

Two songs on the album – ‘Sorrowful Soil’ and ‘Ancestress’ – are said to be dedicated to honoring the singer’s mother, Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir, who died in 2018 at the age of 72.

“I think my brother and I weren’t ready for… we thought he had 10 years left,” Björk told the Guardian. “So we were like, ‘Come on,’ and doing her wrestle and … and it was like she had a bell inside her and she was ready to go.”

Meanwhile, Björk has also launched a new series of podcasts in which she reflects on every studio album she’s made.

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