Björk has announced details of her new single. ‘The Gate’ is released digitally on September 18 and will follow with a one-sided vinyl edition four days later on September 22.
Björk’s new album will be her 10th studio LP and is the follow-up to 2015’s Vulnicura, a record that focussed on her feelings before and after her break-up with American contemporary artist Matthew Barney.
Speaking of the new album, Björk said: “It’s about that search (for utopia) – and about being in love. Spending time with a person you enjoy on every level is obviously utopia, you know? I mean, it’s real. It’s when the dream becomes real.”
Describing the new single, Björk writes on label One Little Indian’s listing page: “‘The Gate’ is essentially a love song, but I say ‘love’ in a more transcendent way. Vulnicura was about a very personal loss, and I think this new album is about a love that’s even greater. It’s about rediscovering love – but in a spiritual way, for lack of a better word.”
Björk also shared the artwork for the single via Twitter. Typically gorgeous, the image sees a fairy-type version of the Icelandic singer floating above what looks like a crystalised snowflake.
Björk has been busy since the release of her last album. She released Vulnicura Strings - a version of the album with strings – as well as a live version. Last year saw the launch of Björk Digital, a virtual reality exhibition that has been staged across the globe, as well as a career-spanning songbook called 34 Scores For Piano, Organ, Harpsichord And Celeste.