It’s been over two years since Bjork released her bombastically Bjorkish breakup album, Vulnicura, and judging by her new video for “The Gate,” it appears she has healed.
“The Gate” opens on a futuristic salmon- and lavender-tinted cloud city reminiscent of a Wachowskian daydream or a deleted scene in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, before revealing that Bjork is playing some sort of flute in the middle of all this. She then turns to us, serenely (and maybe impishly?), before the video transports us to a pitch black, trippy dream world in which Bjork embarks upon a cosmic dance with a shadowy humanoid who seems to represent a spiritual equal (a metaphor for pansexuality?)
Many rightfully blame Bjork’s relationship and subsequent breakup with artist Matthew Barney for the more inaccessible tunes of her most recent albums, but it doesn’t seem like she’ll stop turning inward anytime soon. “The Gate” is ethereal and synth-heavy, and explores “a declaration of hope sung by a woman refracted and re-formed into a luminous whole,” according to a statement by longtime Bjork collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang. He also mentions that “The Gate” is “the first glimpse into Bjork’s utopia,” which may explain the What Dreams May Come field at the beginning of the video.
“The Gate” is the first single off of Bjork’s upcoming album, Utopia, which is set to drop in November. Bjork has described it as her “Tinder record,” which could mean many things or it could mean nothing. With Bjork, anything is possible.