When Björk released videos from her new album Fossora (OliRecords), it was apparent that their lush presentations and extravagant costumes aligned well with her mission of re-crafting myths. What was surprising, however, is the way she arranged persistent percussion, woodwinds and cellos to come up with 13 songs about threats to planet Earth. The tracks vary from brief vocal declarations to long, complex pieces. Most songs speak plainly, but because it’s Björk, some are over the top lyrically (“Ovule”) or a bit busy in their arrangements (“Fungal City”). But Björk’s not expecting her listeners to understand, simply to dive deep without reservation.
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Dream, Ivory, About a Boy (AWAL) – The 20-something Baello brothers, Christian and Louie, spent the last year amassing thousands of TikTok followers for their music videos that reference just about everyone. The opening track on this debut album, “Soaking Up the Sickness,” combines riffs from 1980s synth-pop with a vocal delivery akin to Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge. References to legendary bands multiply to create an all-you-can-eat buffet of ’80s and ’90s riffs. Nitpickers might want a signature sound from Dream, Ivory, but while we wait, we can appreciate their love letter to the past.