Björk unveils “heavy bottom-ended” new single, atopos

Graham Robson September 6, 2022

Queer icon Björk has unveiled her new single atopos, which is taken from the Icelandic iconic’s forthcoming album, fossora, set for release September 30. The track is accompanied by a new video, introducing Björk’s sonic underground world brimming with saturated fungi and bass clarinets.

The title atopos comes from the Latin word meaning ‘the other’ both loving and in opposition. Born from the last three years living in her home country of Iceland, Björk writes and produces the song’s clarinet arrangements, repeating lyrics like “our differences are irrelevant” and “hope is a muscle” to the backdrop of painted mushrooms and rock formations

“Sonically this is a heavy bottom-ended bass world. We have six bass clarinets and punchy sub drilling, nesting and digging us into the ground.” 

The video is directed by Viðar Logi with co-creative direction by Björk with creative consultant and longtime collaborator James Merry.

Their underground world is inspired by digital root plants design from M/M Paris. Additionally, the video includes performances by Kasimyn of Gabber Modus Operandi and clarinet musicians Grímur Helgason, Hilma Kristín Sveinsdóttir, Helga Björg Arnardóttir, Kristín Þóra Pétursdóttir and Rúnar Óskarsson.