With the physical release of her new album, Vulnicura, coming in just a week, Björk shared what she calls a “moving album cover” set to accompany new track “Family.” The video is a collaboration between the singer and artist Andrew Thomas Huang, who worked with Björk on the “Black Lake” video at her recent retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The two-and-a-half minute clip opens with obscure, rolling shots of dark, metallic matter before giving way to a female figure draped over a rock and dripping goo in the midst of a very Icelandic-looking landscape. The figure morphs into Björk, who sews herself back together at the heart until she’s ready to step off the rock and spring to life. A still from the sequence was used to create the cover art for Vulnicura‘s physical release, while the end of the video reflects the aesthetics of the digital version.
Björk released Vulnicura on iTunes in January, one week after announcing the album’s existence. Some of the imagery in the new “moving album cover” recalls the theme of regeneration the singer discussed with Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “The album was a new beginning,” she said of the period following her breakup from longtime partner Matthew Barney and recovery from throat surgery. “I was in this forest outside Reykjavík, warming up, opening my throat like a bird. It was cathartic — you realize the tension that built up, because you were protecting that part of you.”