25 August 2022

Björk is launching her own podcast series about the creation of her iconic albums

“In the conversations on this podcast, me and my friends try to capture which moods, timbres, and tempos were vibrating during each of my 10 albums," said the legendary singer.

In the lead-up to her long-awaited new album Fossora, Björk has announced a new podcast titled Björk: Sonic Symbolism. The Icelandic star will discuss a record from her discography in each of the episodes.

The first three episodes, which are chronological, document Debut, Post and Homogenic, and will arrive on September 1st. Additional episodes will follow album-by-album every week until October 13th. There are also some guests set to appear, too, including philosopher and writer Oddný Eir and musicologist Ásmundur Jónsson.

“Most of us go through phases in our lives that take roughly three years, and it is not a coincidence that this is often how long it takes to make an album, a book, or a film,” Björk says in a trailer for the podcast. “In the conversations on this podcast, me and my friends try to capture which moods, timbres, and tempos were vibrating during each of my 10 albums.”

In a press release, she added: “When I get asked about the differences of the music of my albums, I find it quickest to use visual shortcuts. That’s kind of why my album covers are almost like homemade tarot cards. The image on the front might seem like just a visual moment, but for me, it is simply describing the sound of it. I try to express it with the colour palette, the textures of the textiles, with what I am holding, the posture I am in, and the angle of it shows its relationship to the world.”

“Also, the emotion of the mouth tries to share the overall mood of the album. Perhaps you can call it some sort of a sonic symbolism? Most of us go through phases in our lives that take roughly three years, and it is not a coincidence this is also how long it takes to make an album or a film. This podcast is an experiment to capture which moods, timbres, and tempos were vibrating during each of these phases,” she continued. 

Bjork’s 10th studio album, Fossora, which will also have its own episode, is expected to be released this Autumn. Yesterday (24th August) the singer revealed that its first single ‘Atopos’ would be released “soon.”

  • Writer Chris Saunders
  • Banner Image Credit Instagram / Björk

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