Today (Friday, December 4th) sees the release of Björk's string-only version of her most recent album 'Vulnicura'. In addition to 'Vulnicura Strings', Björk has shared a new video for Mouth Mantra – directed by London-based artist Jesse Kanda.
According to Dazed, Kanda's clip previews a soon-to-be-released 360° version in line with the Stonemilker video from earlier this year. Shot literally inside Björk's mouth, the video matches and syncopates Björk's beats and vocals with the movement of her oral cavity's, before she dances in a dark room with white ribbons flailing with her moves.
In a statement provided to Dazed, here's what Björk and Jesse Kanda say about the Mouth Mantra video:
Björk: "i am so extremely grateful to Jesse to be up for going on this journey …. it was brave of him to take it on and i feel spoiled having witnessed him grow , making hi-tech mouth models and inventing cameras all to match a little therapeutic song about the throat . his dedication and devotion is overwhelming !!!
i am especially grateful for those sassy dancefloor moments we managed to squeeze in there as well: true magic !!"
Jesse Kanda: “If there’s one thing I’d like for people to take away from this video, it's the power of vulnerability. That is what Björk’s album Vulnicura is all about to me, and hopefully this video reflects that. It’s about having the courage to express yourself and seeing yourself in that mirror. Doing something that scares the shit out of you and sharing it, growing from it, spreading love and courage to others and making the world a warmer place to be and relate to each other.
Making this video was as much a terrifying, horrific experience to me as it was a dream come true and pure ecstasy. It was a year-long roller coaster that triggered and ran parallel to some major growth in my own self as well. I have no words to express how grateful I am to Björk for this extremely intimate creation and her love.
Thank u everyone on the team who made this possible – the miraculous John Nolan and his team for the animatronics, beautiful warrior Inge Grognard for the face art and support, ever loving Juliette and Hannah at Prettybird UK, beautiful warm womb crew in Iceland and London, everyone at Dentsu Lab Tokyo and Rhizomatiks Research, lovely Ellie and Pegah, Derek and Andrew at One Little Indian, and my sister Alejandro of course for the beats and looking at it million times with me. Also my computer for not melting down!”
Watch the video for Mouth Mantra above.
Björk's 'Vulnicura' is out now through One Little Indian Recordings (buy).