Björk has steadily been releasing singles from her upcoming album Fossora, which will arrive on September 30 via One Little Independent. The latest is “Ancestress,” which is a tribute to her late mother Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir.
In a statement on Instagram, Bjork writes:
“on my new album , fossora , i wrote 2 songs to my mother . this one , ancestress , is written just after her wordly funeral and is probably a common musician´s reaction ,
the impulse of making your version of the story , later .
this song is a letter to my mother , her story seen from my point of view
it is written in chronological order , the first verse is my childhood and so on
only recently did i discover that this song is probably somehow inspired by an icelandic song “grafskrift”
which is somehow a very direct and patriarchial account of someones life
i probably wanted to approach this in a more feminine way
her biological and emotional story
not her professions , partners or dates of birth and death“
Read the full statement here, and watch the video below.