Björk on Thursday dropped off a new track, dubbed “Ancestress,” from her upcoming 10th studio album, Fossora. In tribute to her late mother, the Icelandic artist’s new track arrives alongside a visual showcasing a thought-provoking, ritual funeral, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang.
“For 20 years I have not been able to attend funerals as something about them rubbed me the wrong way,” Björk wrote on Instagram alongside the video. “Possibly a big part of it is after having lived a life of thousand concerts, I probably have too strong ideas on how a ritual should be,
what kinda sound, musical structure, words and it took me all this time to discover that for me all funerals should be outside.”
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“Ancestress” marks the third single to arrive off of Björk’s forthcoming full-length effort, following “Ovule” and “Atopos.” Fossora, the feminine version of the Latin word for “digger,” will feature a guest appearance from Serpentwithfeet, along with backing vocals from Björk’s son, Sindri, and daughter, Doa.
Last month, Björk revealed the album’s official cover art, which sees the mystical artist crouched atop a fungal, psychedelic-like underworld. Viðar Logi shot the album cover, with creative direction from Björk and James Merry.
Fossora is out on September 30. Ahead of its release, watch Björk’s “Ancestress” video above.
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