From her upcoming album “Utopia” comes Björk’s new music video “The Gate,” which is the album’s first single. The video, released on Sunday, is yet another collaboration with experimental filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang.
As we venture into the oneiric world of “The Gate,” we initially see Björk playing the flute in a land that is so heavenly that it resembles Planet Mül from Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” While she sings “I care for you,” the visually stunning music video then proceeds to show the Icelandic artist create and control the most ensnaring light orb you’ve ever seen, which she uses to animate other beings to make them whole.
Björk’s latest album “Vulnicura” was, according to Pitchfork, about the conclusion of her long-term relationship with Matthew Barney. However, the upcoming album’s theme is about making things whole again after they have been ruptured.
Patterns of “wholeness” can be seen in the video through circular forms that abound from the light orb and through the curvilinear and symmetrical design of her costume: a dazzling custom-made gown by Gucci that makes her look like the human incarnation of a futuristic flower. Through her playing with circular forms, it almost seems as if she is engaging in a conversation with the octopod aliens from Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival.” Björk never hesitates to mesh her emblematic voice with thought-provoking lyrical imagery, and “The Gate” is no exception.
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“Utopia” is set to be released in November 2017.
Watch the music video here: