Directed by Viðar Logi, the visual finds Björk travelling to Fagradalsfjall, a recently erupted Icelandic volcano that had been dormant for six thousand years before 2021.
About the track, Björk writes, “sorrowful soil is a song i wrote from random improvisations .. i kinda thought i was writing another song but then when i edited it i threw away most of the stuff and this is what stood there staring at me.
“for me, sorrowful soil and ancestress are the 2 songs on fossora written for my mother … ancestress is my take on funeral-music but sorrowful soil is written 2 years before and mirrors more that last chapter.
“at the time i had been working with the fantastic hamrahlid choir and wanted to give them the piece they deserved , and with that intention unknowingly wrote what the conductor þorgerður ingólfsdóttir said was the most difficult piece they ever sang . it has 9 voices, not the usual 4 ( sopran, alt, teno , bass ) which took the choir evenings of a whole summer to rehearse, i am so incredibly grateful to them for this sacrifice and you can hear all of it in the recording.
“the lyric is an attempt for an eulogy and instead of the dry fact checking : place of birth , job, marriage , i wanted to celebrate the biological data like the fact that most girls are born with 400 eggs … and then in their lifetime they make 2-3 nests…
“when my grandfather passed away there was a pamphlet at the hospital advising relatives how to talk to loved ones before they pass away. i loved how it went really generic and universal and said that all of them will give families to-do-lists (dry-cleaning and such).
“but also ask if they did well.
“the last part of the lyric is following this advice.”
Have a watch of the video for ‘Sorrowful Soil’ below.
See Björk live at the following dates:
03 - Perth Festival, Langley Park, Perth, Australia - Cornucopia Live
06 - Perth Festival, Langley Park, Perth, Australia - Cornucopia Live
09 - Perth Festival, Langley Park, Perth, Australia - Cornucopia Live
12 - Perth Festival, Langley Park, Perth, Australia - Cornucopia Live
20 - Tokyo Garden Theatre, Tokyo, Japan - Orchestral Show
25 - Kobe World Memorial Hall, Kobe, Japan - Orchestral Show
28 - Tokyo Garden Theatre, Tokyo, Japan - Cornucopia Show
31 - Tokyo Garden Theatre, Tokyo, Japan – Cornucopia Show
She’ll be performing this September, November and December.
The original track featured on Björk’s recent album ‘fossora’.
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Björk - Fossora
Not an easy listen - as one might expect - but definitely a rich, rewarding one.