Written by Björk, Guy Sigsworth and Mark Bell, this was released as the lead single from Vespertine on August 3, 2001.
Bjork: "I guess 'Hidden Place' is sort of about how two people can create a paradise just by uniting. You've got an emotional location that's mutual. And it's unbreakable. And obviously it's make-believe. So, you could argue that it doesn't exist because it's invisible, but of course it does. And it's sort of a one-nil situation. Or, if you believe in something high enough - I mean, maybe at first when you mention it, and you talk about it and it doesn't exist. It might be artificial, but you just keep on believing in it and it grows strong. It'll become real, you know. And I guess that's something, sort of the human spirit conquering the dullness and boredom." (Source Björk.com)
Bjork's longtime keyboardist and programmer Marius De Vries lays claim to naming the album. He told Uncut: "One night at random I found a list of interesting definitions on the internet and I copy/pasted it to Bjork. The next day she came in and said, ' I know what the record is going to be called now. Vespertine: of or to do with the evening.' She was like, 'That's perfect!'"