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Watch: The Knife - “A Tooth For An Eye” Video

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Mar 08, 2013 The Knife Bookmark and Share

Next month Swedish electronic duo The Knife return with their much-anticipated new album Shaking the Habitual. Made up of epically long tracks such as the already shared first “single” “Full of Fire,” the band has now shared the record’s equally lengthy opening track “A Tooth For An Eye” paired with its own music video.

Directed by Roxy Farhat and Kakan Hermansson the clip depicts a young girl leading an all-male dance class. According to The Knife the song and video “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.”

Click below to watch the video, and listen to an unedited version of the track below. Shaking the Habitual arrives April 9 on Mute.



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