Friday, March 8, 2013

Video: The Knife – “A Tooth For An Eye“

A snowy Friday here in New York but things just got a little bit more bright and warm with the seemingly unexpected release of a second tune and video from the The Knife’s forthcoming LP, Shaking The Habitual. The band shared its video, directed by Roxy Farhat and Kakan Hermansson, along with the following statement:

"A Tooth For An Eye" deconstructs images of maleness, power and leadership. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior? In a sport setting where one would traditionally consider a group of men as powerful and in charge, an unexpected leader emerges. A child enters and allows the men to let go of their hierarchies, machismo and fear of intimacy, as they follow her into a dance. Their lack of expertise and vulnerability shines through as they perform the choreography. Amateurs and skilled dancers alike express joy and a sense of freedom; There is no prestige in their performance. The child is powerful, tough and sweet all at once, roaring "I'm telling you stories, trust me". There is no shame in her girliness, rather she possesses knowledge that the men lost a long time ago.”

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