Iceland’s music sensation Bjork’s announcement set the music world abuzz with a collaboration with Rosalia, ‘Oral,’ which will be released on Friday, October 27.
‘Oral’ is a fusion of artistic minds and a heartfelt contribution to a pressing environmental cause.
Interestingly, ‘Oral’ isn’t a new composition, which harks back two decades, penned by Bjork in her early years. “I’m transported to my thirties whenever I vocalize this track, and Rosalia feels a similar connection,” Bjork shared in an interview, highlighting the song’s timeless relevance for both artists. Inspired by the vibrant beats of Jamaican dancehall, a precursor to reggaeton, which heavily influenced Rosalia’s recent album, ‘Oral’ promises a rich, rhythmic melody intertwined with emotive lyrics about longing and desire.
Despite its romantic theme, the song serves a purpose far removed from love. All proceeds from the track will support the fight against the environmental degradation caused by extensive fish farming in Iceland. It’s a pressing issue close to Bjork’s heart, driving her to leverage her art for activism.
Uniting Artistic Paths for a Cause
The collaboration was born from mutual admiration between the two artists, spanning a few years. Bjork recalled, “Rosalia’s work, especially her reggaeton-inspired pieces, struck a chord with me. I reached out, inviting her to join me on this track.” Rosalia’s response was an instant, enthusiastic “Yes!”—a testament to their shared respect and the urgency of the environmental cause they’re endorsing.
While ‘Oral’ revolves around the universal theme of yearning for someone’s kiss, its impact aims to transcend personal narratives, addressing a global concern. Through this collaboration, Bjork and Rosalia remind us that art can be a powerful vehicle for change, merging rhythms with responsibility.