Stockholm synthpop duo The Knife returns today with a new music video in support of their upcoming Shaking the Habiltual. The new clip comes from directors Roxy Farhat and Kakan Hermansson and it accompanies album opener “A Tooth for an Eye.” Set in a minimalist aerobics studio, the clip plays with typical gender expectations as a female coach leads a pack of male dancers.
Here’s what the band themselves had to say about the project:
'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.
Watch that above and grab the album, the Knife’s fourth, on April 8 via Rabid.