Björk and Rosalía have joined forces to create a dancehall-inspired pop song titled Oral. This duet explores the complexities of falling in love with a man and the struggle to find the right words to express those feelings. With lyrics that delve into intimate desires and playful sensuality, the women question the appropriateness of their actions. The provocative title “Oral” adds to the song’s allure.
Björk initially wrote and recorded “Oral” in the late Nineties. However, she deemed it too poppy for release on albums like Homogenic or Vespertine and set it aside.
Recently, she stumbled upon it in her archives and decided to breathe new life into the track by collaborating with Rosalía. The lyrics of “Oral” paint a vivid picture of the experience of falling in love. Lines like “Can I just sneak up from behind to the back of his head, then I’ll lift up his hair and nibble ever so lightly” showcase the desire and longing that can arise when two individuals are attracted to each other. The women’s voices intertwine, expressing their uncertainty about whether their feelings will be reciprocated and their actions justified.
“Is that the right thing to do? I just don’t know, I just don’t know,” they sing, mirroring the emotional rollercoaster of infatuation. During an interview with Rolling Stone, Björk shared her perspective on the song’s meaning. She described it as a reflection of that pivotal moment when two people meet, unsure if their connection will evolve into something more than friendship. It’s a time when desire begins to stir, and one becomes acutely aware of the power of their lips. “That’s maybe why I called the song ‘Oral.’ You don’t know what the consequences are if you act,” Björk explained.
In addition to the artistic significance of “Oral,” Björk and Rosalía are using the song as a means to support a crucial cause. Proceeds from the track will help protect the ecology of Iceland’s native fish by preventing the proliferation of farmed salmon that could harm the delicate balance of the ecosystem. The women aim to raise awareness and contribute to a legal fund that will support the residents of Seyðisfjörður in their efforts to prevent the opening of an industrial salmon farm. By combining their musical talents with a dedication to environmental activism, Björk and Rosalía hope to make a tangible difference in the world.
How did Björk and Rosalía come together for the collaboration?
Björk and Rosalía had been friends for several years before the collaboration. Björk reached out to Rosalía and asked her to sing on the track, explaining that it was for an environmental cause.
What inspired Björk’s choice of the title “Oral”?
According to Björk, the title “Oral” represents the heightened awareness of lips and the uncertainty that arises when one is attracted to someone.
How will the proceeds from the song be used?
The proceeds from “Oral” will be directed towards preventing the proliferation of farmed salmon that could harm Iceland’s native fish population. Björk and Rosalía aim to support the legal efforts of the residents of Seyðisfjörður, who are fighting to keep an industrial salmon farm from opening.
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