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Listen to Björk’s Lead Single from ‘Biophilia’, “Crystalline”

IT’S HERE!

“Crystalline” is the lead single from Björk‘s forthcoming studio album, Biophilia.

The song–which leaked earlier this weekend–plays like a cross between the light, organic whisps of Vespertine and the thick bass of Homogenic, colored by a steady stream of crystal bells and crashing, skittering beats. But just when you think you’ve got a grasp on the track, hang onto your swan dress: The beat suddenly drops out at the 4-minute mark, giving way to an impossibly delicious rapid-fire drum ‘n’ bass breakdown.

And as with most Björk numbers, the lyrics (when you can actually make them out through all the howling), are nothing short of magical: “It’s the sparkle you become / When you conquer anxiety,” the Icelandic singer cries out above the song’s furious final seconds. PREACH!

While the track may be a bit jarring initially (what Björk song isn’t, really?), give it a few more spins: This one’s a quick grower, and the beats, textures and melodies start to make sense of themselves almost immediately.

Bjork – Crystalline by thisisfakediy

Just this morning, design collective M/M Paris released the official single cover for the “Crystalline” on their Facebook page, shot by fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin (see above). As you can see, it’s FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC (and obviously a subtle ode to Princess RiRi).

“Crystalline” was released on June 27. (iTunes)