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Björk Shares Enchanting Video for “The Gate”

New Album Utopia Due Out in November

Sep 18, 2017
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Björk's recently announced a new single, "The Gate," which she shared last week. It's the first single from her upcoming new album, Utopia, which is due out in November (exact date TBA). Now she has shared an enchanting video for the song, in which Björk appears to be involved in some sort of alien mating ritual. Andrew Thomas Huang directed the video and Gucci designer Alessandro Michele designed the dress Björk wears. Watch it below via Nowness. Also below is a video from Gucci about the creation of the dress.

Huang had this to say about the video in a statement to Nowness: "'The Gate' picks up where 2015's Vulnicura left off. 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. 

"I am especially proud of this film as I feel it is a culmination of my five-year collaboration with Björk and James Merry. It's been such a nourishing three-way relationship and this film is the perfect synthesis of our brains and our hearts. Having Alessandro Michele's design as the centerpiece in this film is a dream. 

"I want to give a special shout-out to my visual effects partners Wolf & Crow, who have pulled off an exceptional feat for this visually packed video. Building a world like this takes a village and I feel blessed to be in this company of artists."

Björk previously had this to say about the song: "'The Gate' is essentially a love song, but I say 'love' in a more transcendent way. Vulnicura was about a very personal loss, and I think this new album is about a love that's even greater. It's about rediscovering love - but in a spiritual way, for lack of a better word." 

Björk's last album, Vulnicura, came out in 2015. "The Gate" will be released on single-sided 12-inch vinyl on September 22 via One Little Indian.

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