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Hunter (Björk song)

“Hunter” is a song by Icelandic musician Björk from her 1997 album Homogenic. The lyrics of “Hunter” explore the pressure Björk felt to write music after realising the workforce that depended on her, following the success she found as a solo artist with her previous studio albums. The first time the song saw the light of day was at the 1997 Tibetan Freedom Concert and later with the online promotional release of Homogenic; the track was subsequently released as the third single for the album as three different CD releases in October 1998. A collaborative effort between Björk and Mark Bell, “Hunter” features a dark combination of strings and layered synths, a militaristic electronic beat, and enigmatic lyrics about the heading towards a mission.

Most commentators were enticed by “Hunter”, which they declared one of the highlights of the Homogenic album. The single performed poorly at the music charts, it peaked at number forty-four on the UK Singles Chart and number fifty-five on the French Singles Chart. The song was included in the compilation album Greatest Hits (2002), whose tracks were selected by fans through a survey.

The accompanying music video of “Hunter” was directed by longtime collaborator Paul White of Me Company and consists of a close-up of a bald Björk as she transforms into an “techno-bear” while singing. Seeking to convey the music’s fusion of organic and technological, the polar bear was animated in a non-naturalistic fashion; the bear also embodies the ferocious hunter the lyrics represent. The song’s video garnered acclaim from critics. Björk has performed “Hunter” on Later… with Jools Holland and in five of her tours, the most recent being the Vulnicura Tour.

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