'Ancestress' is the name of the new single by Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk, the first to be released from her upcoming new album titled Fossora. The full work drops on September 30th but if the new video is any indication, Björk is once again reinventing herself, and music as a whole.
As publication Pitchfork described it "Fossora, the 56-year-old’s fungus-themed 10th album, carries echoes of those past lives, even as she sinks her toes into combustible new ground in the form of reggaeton beats, endearingly goofy bass clarinet honks, and barrages of mutant gabber, courtesy of the Indonesian duo Gabber Modus Operandi." Sounds fascinating and Jazz Monroe, the journalist writing the profile of the singer, points out that Björk "still writes killer love songs, too, using her skin-prickling voice to unknot cramps of the heart; she is still psychically attuned to the little acts of self-sabotage that adults, fearing love, perform to avoid submitting to it.'
The video for 'Ancestress' sees Pierpaolo Piccioli once again introducing the Maison Valentino into alternative arts, as he's done with cinema, architecture and even his support of the written word. The video, shot in Iceland, is directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, with cinematography by Andrew Yuyi Truong and styling by Edda Gudmundsdottir.
In the video Björk wears a long silk faille dress lined in silk organza with marked waistline and wide hem, puffy balloon sleeves with pleat at the top. The dress, with haute couture reference, also presents high swollen collar, folded back on itself. The main dress stands out majestically in the ensemble of numerous other Valentino dresses of the same color, created for the other characters of the video. More than 20 people between musicians and dancers are wearing long tunic in silk cady or silk chiffon with dropped shoulder, wide and long sleeves above the hand, without wrist, open in the underarm.
All images courtesy of Valentino, used with permission.