In a effort to to raise money for a legal fight against salmon farming, Björk has revived a lost song called ‘Oral.’
The now 57-year-old avant garde Icelandic singer/songwriter is using her celebrity to support the battle against Norwegian-owned commercial fish farming operations that are affecting the ecosystem in her native country. Born Björk Guðmundsdóttir, the superstar musician hopes that her collaborative track with Hispanic superstar Rosalia – will help the cause and “give people a voice”.
in a statement to Pitchfork.com, Bjork said “I was not thinking about salmon then [when I wrote the song] … I like the fact that it’s happy. We are focusing on the solutions, to give people a voice. If we get more money than just for this court case, we are also going to go into all the legislation, and more into the infrastructure of Iceland’s legal system [about] how we can have strict regulations here.”
Concerning the battle against the salmon farms, the artist added “We also understand that this is not a sprint, this is like a marathon. This might take five years, so who knows? One of the reasons why I picked this case is because it is still possible to stop the mutant Norwegian salmon. It is still possible to get our fjords back.”
Confessing that she has never formally voted in an election, she is determined to have a say on issues close to her heart through her music, explaining “I do personal politics. I don’t do party politics. I’ve never voted for a party in my life. But I think this is a very important weapon, or tool, of the singer-songwriter … ” “I’ve always picked maybe one battle a year, or every other year, that I can see I can win, and I can take it all the way till the end and actually change something.”