Art and Design
With her 10th album, Björk is grounded back on earth, searching for hope in death, mushrooms, and matriarchy, and finding it in bass clarinet and gabber beats.
– Pitchfork Magazine
Björk is an iconic musician from Iceland who has been making music since the late 80s. She is considered the mother of experimental pop music. My personal favorite is Big Time Sensuality. When I heard her latest album was a complete homage to fungi, I had to add it to the Funga music library.
“The mushroom caps we see above the ground are just one part of the fungal body. Below the surface lies a large network of nutrient-seeking tendrils called mycelium. They look like a plant’s roots but actually wrap around or bore into tree roots to create a mycorrhizal network. According to the National Forest Foundation, the mycorrhizal network connects individual plants together to transfer water and other nutrients. This network is known as the Wood Wide Web because it is through mycelium that trees communicate. Connection, community, and communication are integral to the mycorrhizal network, and they are some of the album’s core themes.” (taken for here)
“The album channels the adult sensual delicate side of fungi where they act as nervous centres for forests.” – Björk
Below you can find the complete album and some Fossora music videos:
“Life cycles are at the heart of Fossora, whose title translates to a Latin feminine form of the word “digger.” The abstract acapella interlude “Mycelia,” named for fungal root systems, is a beguiling mix of calm and hyperspeed that could soundtrack a time-lapse video of moss and mushrooms overtaking a forest.
“Fungal City” moves the record toward the light of new love—but not too bright—with techno beats, bemused bass clarinet lines, and the supporting coos of serpentwithfeet (something of a musical hopekeeper himself). At times, Fossora’s mushroom-centric imagery can feel a little like an overwrought metaphor. But the theme of personal growth is inextricable from her mycophilia: She finds so much nourishment and possibility in the dark, mossy understory of life.” (read more on Pitchfork)
The complete Fossora alum by Björk: