January 29th, 2013 12:56pm

Let’s Talk About Gender, Baby

The Knife “Full of Fire”

If you write or talk about music a lot, you end up throwing around a lot of phrases that suggest that a song is warping your mind in some way, but at least in my experience, that’s all hyperbole. I can only think of a few songs that genuinely do something strange to my brain, and seem to hijack my thoughts and physical responses. This new single by The Knife is one of them. It feels like a very convincing simulation of actual insanity. It goes from tense to more tense to almost unbearably tense, and it feels like a vice grip on your mind, crushing your thoughts until it’s just this super-compressed anxiety and dread. As far as I can tell, this is a song about questioning one’s identity and gender, and that’s perfect for this track. It’s as if they’re just trying to show you what it’s like to be unsure of who or what you are, but taken to an extreme, where you just lose your mind from all the pressure.

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