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March 13, 2012  | by: Dania McDermott
Bjork "Hollow" Still

Major Groove Protein

By this point, anyone who’s “surprised” by Björk’s flair for the unusual simply isn’t in the know: Biophillia, the singer’s app-based “science and nature” album, has already spawned an oddly galactic video for “Crystalline,” its first single. Its second, the DNA-influenced “Hollow,” arrived last week – and by most accounts, it’s equally offbeat.

The collaborative effort of Björk and biomedical animator Drew Berry, “Hollow” offers a partially scientific glimpse at DNA replication with her body serving as host.

The type of heightened focus we've come to expect of her videos

It’s not exactly the type of heightened focus we’ve come to expect of her videos (think: “Possibly Maybe” or “Cocoon”), but where lavish costumes or extreme make-up lack, major groove protein picks up the slack.

With its lovely hues of blues, pinks and purples, “Hollow” not only makes our insides seem pretty, it evokes some sort of new-wave LSD visual.

And while we watch, intermittently focused on the building block with a cool nickname as it bounces along the “everlasting necklace,” we can’t help but ponder what’s it all mean? Of course, Björk’s the best source for perspective:

“It’s the feeling when you start thinking about your ancestors and DNA that the grounds open below you and you can feel your mother and her mother, and her mother, and her mother, and her mother 30,000 years back. So suddenly you’re this kinda tunnel, or trunk of DNA… it’s like being part of this everlasting necklace when you’re just a bead on a chain and you sort of want to belong and be a part of it and it’s just like a miracle.”

Speaking of miracles, we really hope a video for “Thunderbolt” is on the horizon. That song kicks major rainclouds.

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