With an urging beat and evocative animation, “The Wolf” brings addiction to raging life. The disease is personified both in the lyrics and the visuals, where it takes the form of a monstrous, relentless wolf on the hunt. But it isn’t all hopeless – the video subtly suggests that mutual support and cooperation with other […]

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Since rocketing to fame, Lizzo has often been praised for championing body positivity by upending dominant ideals of health and beauty, which prioritize slim, white bodies. But Lizzo herself is unimpressed. “I’m sick of being an activist because I’m fat and Black. I want to be an activity because I’m intelligent, because I care about […]

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At the heart of Gotye’s “Eyes Wide Open” is love for his family’s “lost natural haven” in Victoria and a “subconscious fear of losing a place like that”. With eerie stop-motion and a bass line played on the Winton Musical Fence, “Eyes Wide Open” envisions a bleak, post-apocalyptic world ravaged by climate disaster, war, unchecked […]

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“What is demagoguery, and where does it come from?” This is the question Colin Meloy of The Decemberists sought to explore in the single “Severed”. The lyrics keep this exploration fairly abstract, with the speaker spewing manipulative, incendiary rhetoric and descriptions that are common to all demagogues but exclusive to none. The video, on the […]

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“Handlebars” is about the sheer power of human potential “to be destructive or to be creative”, according to Flobots frontman Jonny 5. Though the song emphasizes the danger of abusing that power, it can also be viewed as a call to put human ingenuity to more productive, positive use.

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The Chicks’ brooding anthem “March March” is at once sweeping and specific in its call for social reform. Released during the swell of protests in the summer of 2020 sparked by the murder of George Floyd, the video puts the ongoing struggle for racial justice front and center by showing the names of hundreds of […]

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