Björk has confirmed a Sept. 30 release date for her new album, Fossora, and has also unveiled the cover art, shot by photographer Vidar Logi.

In it, the Icelandic innovator is portrayed as a Gothic queen sitting atop a spread of mushrooms. Björk explained that the record was inspired by the pandemic: “it was also woven into how i experienced the ‘now,’ this time around 7 billion of us did it together, nesting in our homes quarantining, being long enough in one place that we shot down roots.”

Björk wrote that Fossora is a made-up word that means “the feminine of fossore (digger, delver, ditcher) so in short it means ‘she who digs’ (into the ground).” The album’s lead single, “Atopos,” is “coming soon,” according to another Instagram teaser.

Meanwhile, Björk’s new podcast, Björk: Sonic Symbolism, will launch tomorrow (Sept. 1) with the release of the first three episodes, documenting her three ’90s albums Debut, Post and Homogenic.

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