The Knife will return in the April with a very long new album, Shaking The Habitual, but today the group has shared “A Tooth For An Eye,” a snaking, chaotic six-minute song from the LP.
The vaguely Carribean track comes with a video that features a group of aging, out-of-shape men arriving at a dance class taught by a winking, referee-shirt-sporting young woman. The class progresses as usual before the lights go out and things get a litte dangerous. It’s sorta like that dancing Thom Yorke video from last week but more empowering and with fewer tan suits. Check out the band’s explanation for it and watch the video below.
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.
Or, if visuals aren’t your thing, you can go ahead and stream the song.