Before the release of his tenth studio album, Fossormusical innovator Björk reflects on her current discography in her own podcast, titled Sonic symbolism. The first three episodes of the podcast will air on September 1, taking listeners through life events and the musical process behind Beginning, Joband Homogeneous—three absolutely monumental works.
On the inspiration behind Sonic symbolismBjork says:
“When people ask me what the differences are between the music on my albums, I find it quicker to use visual shortcuts. That’s sort of why my album covers almost look like homemade tarot cards. The image on the front may seem like just a visual moment, but to me it’s just describing the sound of it. I try to express it with the color palette, the textures of the textiles, with what I’m holding, the posture I’m in, and the angle of it shows its relationship to the world. Also, the emotion of the mouth tries to share the general atmosphere of the album. Maybe you can call it a kind of sound symbolism? Most of us go through phases in our lives that last around 3 years, and it’s no coincidence that that’s also how long it takes to make an album or a movie. This podcast is an experiment in capturing the moods, timbres and tempos that vibrated during each of these phases.
She is joined in her new venture by philosopher and writer Oddný Eir and musicologist Ásmundur Jónsson The official trailer for Sonic symbolism can be heard here.
In addition to the podcast, the singer recently announced the release of Fossor’s first single, “Atoposand revealed the track’s moss-and-mushroom-filled sleeve, which matches what has been described as his “mushroom album”.
The first three episodes of Sonic symbolism premieres September 1, with a new episode weekly until October 13.