“With no great escape on the horizon,” New York-based artist MOTHR sings on his debut track “Dancing on the Edge of a Knife.” The post-punk synth-pop piece reminds us of the notion of freedom, combined with anarchy and addiction, in capturing the pursuits to escape a mundane and ordinary life.
“Dancing on the Edge of a Knife”‘ is a feel-good song about a feel-bad life. Conveying an easy-listening rock/pop sound with a dark and gloomy undertone, the video’s aesthetic takes us to a place reflecting temptation’s other side.
MOTHR reminds us of how it makes us feel when we are learning to accept settling down into parenthood, combined with a deep need for fun and freedom, no matter what that means or where we end up.
Rock and roll in essence yet vulnerable at its core, the debut release captures the desperation behind fulfilling the youth that we have to leave behind when we start walking the path of responsibility. And by the end of the track, the reveal suggests that there is nothing we can do to avoid it.
With a fresh and melodic rock sound alongside subtle guitar riffs and synth shimmers, “Dancing on the Edge of a Knife” enamors with its melodic pull and thematic hold.
This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2022’ Spotify playlist.