Friday, 24 May 2013

Turn It Up!: Bjӧrk - Mutual Core (Music Video)

 What a spectacular and genius music video!!!!

 I gotta say, Bjӧrk never fails to surprise me. The song Mutual Core is (my favorite track) from her 2011 album "Biophilia" and likens the triumphs and travails of human relationships to that of the shifting of the earths tectonic plates and geological phenomena that occur from this process (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, soil erosion etc). You can really hear this idea conveyed not only in the lyrics ("I shuffle around the tectonic plates in my chest. You know I gave it all, try to match our continents to change seasonal shift, to form a mutual core.") but also in the instrumentation and composition of the music which is what I've always loved about Bjӧrk as a composer. She covers all her bases in the presentation of her art.

 The music video for the song, which was directed by Andrew Thomas Huang and commissioned and presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, was shot on a sound stage in Bjӧrk's hometown of Reykjavik, Iceland in two days, but the post production took 2 months. It features the singer buried up to her waist in a sand pit for the bulk of it, controlling the sand and the rock formations below it's surface (mother nature in a sense) until the rocks form a volcano which spews lava and volcanic ash.

 See below the short behind the scenes video about the creation of the finished product.

 Amazing, wouldn't you say?

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