The Knife's return is something to be cherished.
The Scandinavian duo take an exacting, ferociously intelligent approach to everything they place their name against. New album 'Shaking The Habitual' will be released on April 8th, and ahead of this the pair have unveiled new track 'A Tooth For An Eye'.
Given a standalone single release today (March 11th) the track comes equipped with a new video. Roxy Farhat and Kakan Hermansson take charge of the visuals, which are delivered with the same intensity with which The Knife approach their music.
“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” (a quote borrowed from Jeanette Winterson’s novel The Passion). There is no shame in her girliness, rather she possesses knowledge that the men lost a long time ago.
– Roxy Farhat
Watch it now.
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The Knife have confirmed the following (sold out) dates:
8 London Roundhouse
9 London Roundhouse