Back in October, Björk and Rosalía revealed that they’d recorded a song together to benefit the legal fees of people protesting a new fish farm in Fjord Seyðisfjörður. “Oral” officially arrives today; it was produced by Björk, Rosalía, and Sega Bodega, and the two vocalists engage in a choreographed fight sequence with swords in the accompanying video, directed by Carlota Guerrero. Watch that below.
In a post on social media on Monday (11/20), Björk explained the song’s origins, writing, “i am so happy to announce the release of “oral” a single with @rosalia.vt , tomorrow 21st of november. the profits will all go to stop open net pen fish farming in iceland.”
this is a 25 year old song of mine i wrote and programmed inspired by a dancehall beat (the grandmother of reggaeton)
rosalia´s experiments with the genre and her incredible voice made her an obvious guest for the song.
i feel blessed she said yes and she and her team are giving their work and all the profits to this battle.
i think somehow there is an elegant resonance between the fact that both of our voices are the same age on the recording.
i would like to thank @segabodega for co-producing this with me and rosalia.
we have a team of people from the biggest environmental groups in iceland with lawyers that will take on other open net pen fish farming cases, I would like to thank them all for all their hard voluntary work.
industrial salmon farming in open net pens is horrid for the environment. the farmed salmon goes through immense suffering, and it causes severe harm for our planet. this is an extraordinarily cruel way to make food. the fight against the open net pen industry is a part of the fight for the future of the planet.
one of the most severe environmental challenge for the north this century is the acidity of the ocean. in the space of 5 years, norwegian open sea fish farming of companies MOWI and SalMar have already damaged big areas in our fjords , both marine life , animals and plants , which will attribute to that .
we can still reverse this. our legal cases on bio-diversity, cruelty to animals and more could become exemplary cases around the world.