Glitterbomb: 1) Verb To throw or shower glitter on a person at a public event as a form of protest, generally over gay rights. 2) Noun The name given to Red Bull with a shot of GoldschlÃ¤ger dropped into it. Charlotte Church abides by neither of these definitions on “Glitterbombed” off One & Two, her first U.S.-released album of new music in over a decade. Instead, the BjÃ¶rk and Radiohead-inspired cut turns the phrase into the Welsh songstress’ expression for getting smacked in the face with love.
In the video for the song, she takes the metaphor to intergalactic proportions. Painted up like the offspring of a Na’vi and the movie version of Nightcrawler, Church’s disembodied head floats in space as cosmic occurrences paint the background. The brilliant imagery is a stellar fit for the music’s airy, electronic atmosphere and the celestial tones of Church’s vocals.
Discussing what inspired her to take the song into the cosmos, Church says, “I was watching some NASA footage of some neutron stars which when pulled together start spinning around each other faster and faster until they merge and explode creating a black hole. When I was watching it, I was thinking about “Glitterbombed” and the meaning of the lyrics in this track. It’s about the effect two people can have on each other; as you get closer you start to merge and join forces and become something different and stronger together than you were when you were apart.”
Stronger, and shinier. Get lost in space below, and snag One & Two now from Alligator Wine Records.