Album Uprooted His Ambitions

owns Björk describe it her tenth album, Vosora, as “about the bass, the heavy lower end…and the punch subs.” But despite the implication that it might return to dance music, or something, the closest thing to clubbing here is the adoption of gabber, the percussion technology subgenre defined by its furious attack on distorted kick drums.

You hear the influence on the album’s opening song, “Atopos,” which features Kasimyn from Indonesian electronic duo Gabber Modus Operandi. Björk and his collaborators oddly modified the typical gabber bass beat so that it almost resembles a Reggaeton, at least until the intense final extension that ramps up the song’s tempo and beats it with bass on a bass-clarinet sonic array. Elsewhere, lively “Victimhood” sets the beat of the bossa nova adrift – at least briefly – amid cascading dark squawks, until finally dislodged by more bass clarinets playing opposite tone and singing uncluttered choral vocals. chaotically.

All this means that any appropriations of familiar music forms on Vosora She is, at best, fleeting. The Icelandic painter’s compositional sense is as unrestrained as ever, and her songs transform amoeba-like creatures from second to second across the album, in keeping with the logic he challenges alone, for better and worse.

It is useful to map some objective terrain to understand what the increasingly averse Björk is up to. for one, Vosora (a feminine make-up for the Latin word for “dig”) is her innate albumen, which means not only baby rests and psychedelics, but thoughts and feelings that begin to creep in when they’re rooted in place. These are ideas largely related to album recording in the pandemic era. The response is an appreciation of connectedness, and specifically the role of a mother—a preoccupation that is emphasized here on a pair of songs dedicated to the memory of Bjork’s mother, who passed away in 2018, and through the birth of her two children, Cinderella Eldon and Isadora with Garcarddottir Barney, appearing as featured singers on the album.

“Ancestress” evokes poignant and uncharacteristically tactile memories (“When I was a girl, you sang to me/In your sincerely sinful lullabies”) along with more ambiguous meditations (“You see with your own eyes/But hear with your mother”). The song begins with a grandiose orchestral escalation that recalls the most dramatic tracks of 1997. homogeneous But soon he settled into a quieter bed of sawing strings and ringing bells, with Björk’s sometimes familiar receipt interrupted making way for snippets of melody. Even with the beats of chatter that eventually crept into the mix, Ancestress is one of the most accessible songs ever. Vosoranot only for its emotional annihilation-facing narrative, but the song’s most famous structure.

Other highlights on the album stand out from its highly coordinated, multi-track vocals, such as the frothy “Allow,” which blends Björks’ chorus with the vocal jazz style of Norwegian singer Emilie Nicolas, and “Fungal City,” which follows a template set through Björk’s collaboration with Anohni, where musician Brooklyn Serpentwithfeet casts a spectral extension of herself, doubles as a different voice. Elsewhere, “Sad Soil” removes all personal clues and simply unearths a distressing “emotional tapestry” of impressionist passages about motherhood, amplified and generalized by the gospel voices of the Hammarlid choir.

where Vosora The pitfalls lie in how disparate musical influences are brought together. It’s a familiar problem in Bjork’s music, like 2007 Volta Timbaland’s laconic rhythms were awkwardly paired with orchestral pieces, while 2017 Fulnicura Let the contented and emotionally moving first half give way to squiggly, directional graphics. Here, emotional and objective ballast is interrupted by songs that either feel too backward or frustratingly over-functioning. no MedúllaLike the acoustic experience of “Mycelia” nor the bonus of the loose “Trolla-Gabba,” you listen, while the incredibly dense title track zips through so many different rhythmic and melodic ideas that you eventually get bogged down.

But while downplaying its ambitions may produce a more cohesive group, Vosora Bursting with exciting lyrical interpretations of the world around us, with groundbreaking vocal juxtaposition and tangible emotional stakes. It’s not hard to imagine – just as we can see the influence of Björk’s historic albums in the ’90s on the likes of Rosalia and Grimes – a new generation of artists searching this exotic mushroom kingdom in search of their own musical identities.


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