A Tooth For An Eye is supposed to be the first track off their super anticipated upcoming album, Shaking The Habitual. I had a chance to watch the video before listening to the song, and I was floored by the simplicity in its concept and, as one might expect, sheer originality. The video brings attention to what we are familiar with as gender roles in society, and challenges those roles; the males participate as happy, less masculine figures, who follow a small but strong girl dancer. And in doing so, not only is it entertaining and attention grabbing, but it’s pleasant as well.
I’ve come to expect nothing less than works of art from The Knife and I’m very happy to say that this piece does my expectations justice. The instrumentation is reminiscent of something tribal yet continues to ring true to the classic style of The Knife. It’s new and old all at once.
This song would benefit from some playtime in your ears with a nice set of speakers. That’s not to say that it won’t get the treatment it deserves over headphones — it’s just that there are a lot of different sounds going on and the best way to hear all of them is as they bounce off the walls.