As Björk prepares to release her new album Fossora, she has announced a new podcast called Björk: Sonic Symbolism. In each episode of the series, the Icelandic star will discuss a record from her discography. The first three episodes are chronological, documenting Debut, Post, and Homogenic, and all three will arrive on September 1. Guests will include philosopher and writer Oddný Eir and musicologist Ásmundur Jónsson. Listen to a trailer for the show, which was produced in collaboration with Talkhouse and Mailchimp, below.
“Most of us go through phases in our lives that take roughly three years, and it is not a coincidence that this is often how long it takes to make an album, a book, or a film,” Björk says in the trailer. “In the conversations on this podcast, me and my friends try to capture which moods, timbres, and tempos were vibrating during each of my 10 albums.”
In a press release, she added:
When I get asked about the differences of the music of my albums, I find it quickest to use visual short cuts. That’s kind of why my album covers are almost like homemade tarot cards. The image on the front might seem like just a visual moment, but for me it is simply describing the sound of it. I try to express it with the colour palette, the textures of the textiles, with what I am holding, the posture I am in, and the angle of it shows its relationship to the world. Also, the emotion of the mouth tries to share the overall mood of the album. Perhaps you can call it some sort of a sonic symbolism? Most of us go through phases in our lives that take roughly three years, and it is not a coincidence this is also how long it takes to make an album or a film. This podcast is an experiment to capture which moods, timbres, and tempos were vibrating during each of these phases.