Bj√∂rk unveils “heavy bottom-ended” new single, atopos

Graham Robson September 6, 2022

Queer icon Bj√∂rk 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 Bj√∂rk‚Äôs 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, Bj√∂rk writes and produces the song‚Äôs clarinet arrangements, repeating lyrics like ‚Äúour differences are irrelevant‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúhope is a muscle‚ÄĚ 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.”¬†‚Ä®

The video is directed by Vi√įar Logi with co-creative direction by Bj√∂rk 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 Gr√≠mur Helgason, Hilma Krist√≠n Sveinsd√≥ttir, Helga Bj√∂rg Arnard√≥ttir, Krist√≠n √ě√≥ra P√©tursd√≥ttir and R√ļnar √ďskarsson.