Bjork’s “The Gate” Is A Sprawling, Ambient Adventure
Bjork introduces her still-untitled 9th LP with “The Gate” and it’s a sprawling, 6-minute+ ambient adventure. “My healed chest wound, transformed into a gate,” the Icelandic iconoclast muses over new age synths and layered vocals. “Where I receive love from, where I give love from.” The track then ambles towards its chorus over the kind of relaxing bleeps and beeps usually reserved for yoga studios. “And I care for you, care for you,” she wails. “I care for you, care for you.”
“The Gate” could be interpreted as modern poetry or complete gibberish depending on your standpoint, but it’s undeniably gorgeous and easy on the ears. Think Enya on acid. “[The song] is essentially a love song, but I say ‘love’ in a more transcendent way,” the 51-year-old revealed on her website. “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.” Dive into Bjork’s weird and wonderful anthem below.