What happens when two of pop’s most inventive, genre-bending auteurs decide to team up? In the case of Björk and Rosalía, sparks—and samurai swords—fly. As long-time admirers of each other’s work, the pair announced in September that they were teaming up to release a single together: a reworking of a previously-unreleased Björk track called “Oral,” originally written in the late ’90s during the recording sessions for two of her most beloved albums, Homogenic and Vespertine. With a little help from Rosalía—and the underground avant-pop producer of the moment Sega Bodega—the song has been transformed into a sensual ode to physical contact over a lush sonic landscape of strings, flutes, and a dancehall-inspired beat.
And today, the song finally dropped—with an equally striking video to match. Directed by the former Rosalía collaborator Carlota Guerrero, the pair stalk their way through a surrealist, hangar-like space seen through a gauzy white glow, wearing a pair of deconstructed looks loosely inspired by martial arts gear styled by Gina Berenguer. (Rosalía in a Maison Margiela top and skirt paired with white leather boots customized by Berenguer, and Björk in an Acne Studios dress.) Kicking, twirling, and spinning their way around the room in a mock fight, they finally step into the center wielding a pair of samurai swords aloft, and turn to attack the camera. Because, well, why not?
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