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Lab Track: Virus

Bjork BiophiliaIcelandic musical oddity Björk recently dove headfirst into the world of science with her musical project Biophilia, consisting of an album, an app, and a series of live performances. The songs featured all deal with some aspect of science — Dark Matter, Moon, and Crystalline are but a few of the titles.

Even more recently, she teamed up with everyone’s favorite nature show narrator, David Attenborough, to create a documentary about the evolution and science of music and its relationship with us and the natural world. Titled The Nature of Music, the program just aired on the BBC’s Channel 4 but has yet to make its way to other countries. (Have you seen it? Let us know how it was in the comments!)

Today’s Lab Track comes from Björk’s aforementioned art-and-science melding project and poetically explores the everyday life of viruses. Enjoy!


Like a virus needs a body
As soft tissue feeds on blood
Some day I’ll find you, the urge is here

Like a mushroom on a tree trunk
As the protein transmutates
I knock on your skin, and I am in

The perfect match, you and me
I adapt, contagious
You open up, say welcome

Like a flame that seeks explosives
As gunpowder needs a war
I feast inside you, my host is you

The perfect match, you and I
You fail to resist
My crystalline charm

Like a virus, patient hunter
I’m waiting for you, I’m starving for you

My sweet adversary, ooh
My sweet adversary, oh
My sweet adversary

Ashley Hamer

Ashley Hamer (aka Smashley) is a saxophonist and writer living in Chicago, where she performs regularly with the funk band FuzZz and jazz ensemble Big Band Boom. She also does standup comedy, sort of, sometimes. Her tenor saxophone's name is Ladybird.

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