Swedish electric duo, The Knife, is gearing up to release their first album since 2006’s Silent Shout. Shesus! 2006? I was beginning my senior year in college (yes, you do the math), so The Knife’s last album is a bit nostalgic for me. It was part of the soundtrack of the final year of a chapter closed in my life (awwe yes, college – good times), so you can imagine how thrilled I am to hear that their third studio album, Shaking The Habitual, will be released this April!
The Knife offers a preview of what to expect off their forthcoming project, with the unveiling of their new video for “A Tooth For An Eye.” The video is quite interesting. On the surface, it’s a bunch of people dancing. But diving deeper, the duo explains…
“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.
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