She’s never been one to follow a trend, in fact, she creates them. Björk has once again pushed the envelope with an obscure video directed by Jesse Kanda. The wonderfully weird 2D video for “Mouth Mantra” puts us, the viewer, inside of Björk’s mouth as she sings the track taken from her newest album, Vulnicura.
You can access the video, which is available in 2D, via YouTube, and is intended for Virtual Reality headsets as well as normal viewing.
Björk says, “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!!!
She added: “I am especially grateful for those sassy dance floor moments we managed to squeeze in there as well – true magic!!”
Director Jesse Kanda added, “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 which 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 you 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! PEACE AND LOVE.”
Shot in London and Reykjavik, the video was filmed with Sony Action and Sony F55 cameras.
In the coming months Björk will release her own VR app and “Mouth Mantra” will be released alongside “Black Lake” and “Stonemilker”.
You can get your hands on Björk’s, Vulnicura Strings both as a download and vinyl via One Little Indian Recordings.
Check out the video below, right here at Rock My World.