Story of a death

Alt-J (∆) - Taro music video
. ‘Taro’ music video by Alt-J (∆). From the album An Awesome Wave.

I’ve been falling in love with a lot of things lately going out and about, not least during the two weeks in melbourne. And i had been getting a little worn.

Then i fell in love with this song, reminding me that the gaze left alone goes far out, as it should, and to always be with compassion. Tune in head, i was transfixed by the music video, which borrows images from the film Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation (1988). The film shows the huge effort required in the third world to carry on an industrial revolution one hundred years behind the West. Yes, it’s from the western eye, but don’t we all.

A commenter explains the lyrics well: Gerda Taro was a war photojournalist in the early 50’s. She died in her line of work when a tank collided into the side of a car she was riding on. The other important name in this song was Gerda’s romantic interest, and colleague, Robert Capa. During the First Indochina War, Capa retreated from his Jeep in a hostile war zone to take pictures. He stepped on a landmine however, which blew apart his left leg. He was taken to a medical station where he died with his camera in his hand.

On a sidenote, this alt-rock quartet from Leeds is IMHO probably one of the most amazing debuts in recent musical history.

Alt-J (∆) - Taro music video

Alt-J (∆) - Taro music video

Alt-J (∆) - Taro music video


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