Björk and Rosalía have shared their new song “Oral” just over a month after first they first announced it. Proceeds from the track will support the legal fight against foreign-owned salmon farming operations in Iceland brought by residents of Seyðisfjörður. The song was produced by the two artists along with Sega Bodega. Watch Björk and Rosalía wield swords in the new “Oral” video, directed by Carlota Guerrero, below.
This year has brought on the escalation of public outcry in Iceland over the environmental impacts of salmon farms’ open-net pens, which reportedly threaten the country’s ecologically distinct fjords and native wildlife. In early October, Björk joined agricultural workers and other citizens at a demonstration in Reykjavik, where some protesters dumped insecticide on fish carcasses that were laid out on the steps of Iceland’s parliamentary building.
Björk wrote most of “Oral” between her 1997 LP, Homogenic, and 2001’s Vespertine, but she lost track of the song’s original tapes for two decades, as she told Pitchfork. She re-discovered the track after seeing the word “oral” on TV while on tour in Australia earlier this year. “I like the fact that it’s happy,” she said about the song.
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