It was certainly my favorite song on Bjork’s latest effort ‘Vulnicura’, and now we have a beautiful and stunning video totally appropriate for the very emotional track ‘Stonemilker’, which is one of the two songs solely written, composed and produced by Björk on this album.
It’s an epic piece of music, with an operatic-classical dimension and this video, both simple and complex, reflects so well the grandiosity of the song. Directed by Andrew Huang and shot in Reykjavík, Iceland, the video is the first 360° interactive music video to be uploaded on YouTube, showing Bjork in a pale yellow outfit performing the song with emotion, in front of Iceland’s dramatic landscapes.
First of all, the video doesn’t work in any browser (I had to use Google Chrome), but when it works, it allows you to navigate around, using the upper-left curser, just as you do it when you use Google maps. It’s strange because you may encounter two Björks at the same time at many occasions!
‘This came about as a spontaneous fruit of mine and Andrew Huang’s collaboration. We had already done black lake, the “family” moving album cover and the black lake “book cover” trailer and then found us in Iceland one day with nothing to do and a 360 camera lying about. We discussed its potential for intimacy and Andrew then suggested we take it to the beach where the song was written. It immediately rang true for me as that location has a beautiful 360 panoramic view which matches the cyclical fugue like movement in the song. If the song has a shape it is sort of like a circle that just goes on forever.
I had recorded the strings with a clip on mike on each instrument. We have made a different mix where we have fanned this in an intimate circle around the listener .
So as you watch this in the virtual reality headset it will be as if you are on that beach and with the 30 players sitting in a circle tightly around you.’
It’s a poignant piece of art, fitting so well with the song which was written 9 months before the break up of the relationship between Björk and Matthew Barney.
Watch it below and experience the magic.
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