Of all the countries in the world that isn't the U.S. I think Sweden may be my favorite music-making country. Mando Diao, The Hives and The Knife. Different sounds, I know. The Knife have a new album coming out on April 9th and have released another song today in video form called "A Tooth For An Eye."
Here is what the band had to say about the video:
"'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."
I'm no expert but I believe this has something to do with Lacan's mirror stage. I'll think about it later with a glass of wine and turkey sandwich.