Raise your (freak) flag! Bjork demands it in her new single “Declare Independence,” possibly the most controversial track that buzzsaws through her relatively new album, Volta. Michael Gondry, director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and seven of Bjork’s previous videos, creates a visually stunning piece of performance art to complement the track’s screeching vocals, severe guitar and heavy beats. It was shot in a Long Island City studio and features Bjork getting rowdy behind a megaphone and “connecting” with some stoic-looking soldiers.
“Björk and I’s work together is based on trust and friendship,” said Mr. Gondry in an interview for AOL’s Spinner site. He explains more about his inspiration for the video’s elaborate contraption in this behind-the-scenes interview.