Björk is back - with 'The Gate', the first release from her latest album. According to the singer it is a transcendent love song; moving beyond the grief of loss expressed on 'Vulnicura' and into the realm of the ethereal. To capture its mood, long-time collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang has created a radiant, shimmering and unbounded cosmos for Björk to inhabit.
Like so much of her music, this is more like performance art than a straightforward track. At nearly seven minutes long, it feels ponderous and in danger of sagging under its own weight - so it's a testament to Huang's skills and instincts that he manages to elevate it so compellingly.
His visionary virtuosity playfully conjures the idea that inside the brain of each and every one of us is an entire, unique universe; with synapses for stars and memories for the nebulae that form them.
In this instance, we get a glimpse into a world suffused with fantastical light and shapes borne of emotion; a synaesthetically luminous landscape reflecting Björk's iridescent costume. Meticulous and detailed, it's quite a dazzling piece of film.