“ancestress” is a strong contender for being bjork’s’s best song since her late-career masterpiece that was 2015’s “vulnicura” (this song actually resembles a fusion piece of vulnicura and utopia). This song is a bit lengthy, but not a single second is wasted. The soundscape of this track is quite different to the last two singles; it retains that darker feeling that has defined this era’s visuals and sound but employs a whole new set of instruments such as bells and some classically inspired strings. the song swells, with instruments making their way in and out of the track repeatedly as the song progresses. It eventually all crescendos at the 5:30 minute mark, which is arguably one of the best moments of any bjork song ever. the strings are in full force and swirl around bjork’s voice while she belts over a glitchy beat. lyrically this song is heartbreaking, as it’s very evidently about her mother’s passing (“the machine of her breathed all night while she rested, revealed her resilience, and then it didn’t” is an absolute gut punch of a lyric) and this song has an even more sentimental tone as it features bjork’s son sindri on backing vocals. ”ancestress” is a beautiful track about family with family. it’s remarkable how after a long career of nonstop creativity that she’s still able to produce tracks to this caliber. incredible single, i cannot wait for fossora.