Musical Monday – “We Share Our Mother’s Health” by The Knife
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“Take me somewhere weird,” I told my iTunes as I put it on shuffle. It took me to The Knife.
My favorite song by The Knife, it has everything I like about them – weird, jerky sounds on top of steady electronic percussion, with slightly distorted vocals. The voices work together very well here – and they are both from the same woman with the pitch changed.
The video isn’t great. I like the stark colors but the imagery is off. It always reminds me of the complex relationship between songs and the accompanying video. I wonder – would a good video make me appreciate an average song more? Really good songs can have bad videos and it doesn’t bother me.
I prefer that the video has at least some connection to the song, either in tone or tied to the lyrics somehow. Browsing Wikipedia, I found that the creator of the video for “We Share Our Mother’s Health” had this to say about it:
“The animation starts with a girl that wakes up from a long sleep and starts searching for a sacred apple. At the end of a nightmarish story the girl is able to find her apple but only to discover the real price that she has to pay for it.”
So, you know. There’s that.
“We Share Our Mother’s Health” is a single from The Knife’s Silent Shout. It’s a solid album all around, if you like your music to feel like something aliens play at dance parties.