This article originally appeared on Slate. By Jay Deshpande
Busy times for Björk: Today the Icelandic artist unveiled the first publically available music video for her new album Vulnicura. The video for “Lionsong” shows Björk just how we’ve come to expect to see her from her many iconic visuals: singing in a spare and slightly futuristic setting, gesticulating wildly, and dressed to the nines. Directed by longtime collaborators Inez and Vinoodh, who also directed her surreal videos for “Hidden Place” and “Moon,” the clip shows Björk in a black bodysuit and colorful headdress that echo the cover of Vulnicura. Given the emotional honesty of the album, it’s fitting that we also see Björk’s heart repeatedly on display.
According to the accompanying text on YouTube, visual effects were used not just to create the stars and lights surrounding the singer but also to “[extend] her legs to unnatural proportions.” “Lionsong” follows a video installation for “Black Lake” commissioned by MoMA, which for now can be seen only at their ongoing Björk exhibition.