"A Tooth For An Eye" - The Knife [Youtube Official Video]

Donovan Farley

by Donovan Farley

Published March 9, 2013

"A Tooth For An Eye" is the second peak at one of 2013's most anticipated releases, The Knife's Shaking The Habitual, the Swedish electronic duo's follow up to 2006's groundbreaking Silent Shout. We've already heard the intense and excellent "Full Of Fire" and now the band has shared the record's opener and it's machismo-defying video, directed by Roxy Farhat & Kakan Hermansson.

From the Youtube description:

'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.

Shaking The Habitual will be out April 9th via Rabid/Brille/Mute records.

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