Bjork closes "Blissing Me," her second single off Utopia, with a question: "Did I just fall in love with him?" It's a sharp shift from the heart-twisting emotion of her 2015 breakup album Vulnicura, and sees the Icelandic artist centering on rare, newfound optimism.
She's flushed out the harrowing pain of "Stonemilker" on her latest releases with help from longtime queer collaborator Arca, who co-produced "The Gate" and "Blissing Me." With an absolutely weightless sound in her new music, Bjork has sonically underlined the project's title, which suggests a world of ideals.
But Bjork's Utopia is ugent, separating her work from other cliche love songs. "If we're gonna survive not only my personal drama but also the sort of situation the world is in today, we've got to come up with a new plan," she told Dazed. "If we don't have the dream, we're just not gonna change. Especially now, this kind of dream is an emergency."
On "Blissing Me," Bjork softly sings about two music lovers communicating over text and email, "Sending each other MP3s/ Falling in love to a song." Of course, the story is told through her own outsider whimsy. "The interior of these melodies/ Is perhaps where we are meant to be," Bjork coos above a delicate web of strings and puttering beats.
Ahead of Utopia's November 24th release, watch Bjork's "Blissing Me," below.