Best Videos 2015: Björk - "Lionsong"
Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:49:41
Depending on your perspective, in the video for "Lionsong," Björk either looks like a futuristic caterpillar or a latex porcupine, and the way you see it might actually be a test of the state of your heart. If she's a catepillar, you're seeing a slowly-emerging identity, a new person forged in the crucible of heartbreak. If you see a porcupine, you're seeing the weapons of a fortified exterior, trying to fend off that heartbreak. Either way, the heartbreak is happening.
There are breakup albums, and then there is Björk's breakup album, Vulnicura, the Icelandic artist's ninth studio recording. The nearly hour-long LP was crafted in the time leading up to, during, and after, the most significant breakup of her life, her long-term relationship to artist Matthew Barney.
Where most songwriters would bristle at the thought of having made a "breakup album," Björk embraced the process with a vulnerability and openness that has rendered one of the best albums of her career. Vulnicura has topped year end Best Of lists the world over as "the most heart-rending music she's ever made" (Rolling Stone) and an "inspirational game-changer" (Rough Trade), and for evidence you need look no further than this video (though the clips for "Black Lake" and "Stonemilker" run a close second). On view here is an engaging, conceptual art piece that features, along with the personified porcupine-caterpillar, Björk's own heart, a beating, pensive, exposed organ that flutters and pulses in the darkness, struggling to be free.
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