Björk has released a video to accompany “The Gate,” the first single from her forthcoming record, and it is definitely the Björkiest thing you’ll see all day.
The hallucinogenic video begins with Björk playing the flute atop an idyllic, windswept mountainscape and moves on to a series of psychedelic imagery, with the singer trading hearts with a kind of ethereal robot being. It was created in collaboration with Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, who designed the iridescent dress Björk is seen wearing, and artist Andrew Thomas Huang.
“The Gate picks up where 2015’s Vulnicura left off,” said Huang, referring to Bjork’s 2015 album. “It is the first glimpse into Björk’s utopia. The doorway lies within the wound from Vulnicura, which now appears transformed into a prismatic portal channeled between the chests of two lovers. Not lovers in the quotidian romantic sense, but in a broader cosmological way. As a throughway into Bjork’s new album, The Gate is a declaration of hope sung by a woman refracted and re-formed into a luminous whole.”
According to a post on the Gucci Instagram page, the dress in the video took about “550 hours to make, and an additional 320 hours for the embroidery.” You can watch a video on the making of the dress below.
“The Gate is essentially a love song, but I say ‘love’ in a more transcendent way,” says Björk.
Creating @bjork’s custom #Gucci gown for her new single #TheGate. The design by #AlessandroMichele took approximately 550 hours to make, and an additional 320 hours for the embroidery. The dress’s fabrics include 5 meters of pleated iridescent PVC plastic material, 3 meters of PVC iridescent strips and 20 meters of pleated lurex organza. #AlessandroMichele also collaborated as the film’s creative director, to be shown on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm at The Store Studios in London, free public admission. From Monday 5am BST @nowness will screen #björk’s video online for 48 hours. Video director: @romana_meggiolaro Music by Karlheinz Stockhausen: Excerpt from SIRIUS Electronic music and trumpet, soprano, bass clarinet, bass (CD 26 of the Stockhausen Complete Edition, www.stockhausenCDs.com) © Stockhausen Foundation for Music, Germany (www.karlheinzstockhausen.org)
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