Björk Shares Video For “Sorrowful Soil”
Björk has shared her music video for “Sorrowful Soil.” Directed by Viðar Logi, it sees her singing at the recently erupted Icelandic volcano Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula. Dormant for six thousand years before 2021, the landscape’s torrid visuals make for an epic backdrop. The track is taken from her new album, fossora, out now via One Little Independent Records.
““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”
Björk 2023 Live dates
March 3rd – Perth Festival, Langley Park, Perth, Australia – Cornucopia Live
March 6th – Perth Festival, Langley Park, Perth, Australia – Cornucopia Live
March 9th – Perth Festival, Langley Park, Perth, Australia – Cornucopia Live
March 12th – Perth Festival, Langley Park, Perth, Australia – Cornucopia Live
March 20th – Tokyo Garden Theatre, Tokyo, Japan – Orchestral Show
March 25th – Kobe World Memorial Hall, Kobe, Japan – Orchestral Show
March 28th – Tokyo Garden Theatre, Tokyo, Japan – Cornucopia Show
March 31st – Tokyo Garden Theatre, Tokyo, Japan – Cornucopia Show
Purchase Tickets for Bjrök HERE
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