Music can be many things to many people, and like all forms of art it can be appreciated on many different levels. Often behind the appeal of a pleasing tune or an interesting melody, something more lasting can be revealed. Given my interest in exploring the positive and negative interactions which can occur between humans and animals, I was pleased to recently discover two fantastic ‘songs with conscience’.
While both songs (and their respective artists) are very different in style, they each offer listeners much to reflect on from an animal rather than a human perspective. Aside from the questions raised by their lyrics, these songs are also supported by some wonderful visuals in their accompanying videos.
The first song is by The Tongue (from their album Shock & Awe) and is called ‘Animal Crackers‘ (featuring Dudley Perkins and Georgia Anne Muldrow). This hip-hop flavoured track is seriously catchy and has a real happy pop vibe while keeping things pretty rough and raw. In short, the song addresses the impacts that humans have on animal life, and suggests some of the ways that animals may feel about and react to their treatment.
‘In the darkness of the night, we see you, we see how you do
How you bring death (death), love to see life take it’s last breath (breath)
So just confess, you humans are such a mess (such a mess)
You need to give it a rest, your car’s smoke is starting to eat up at my chest
Not to mention how it’s treating all the rest, of life
Oh how we have to fight to live our life!‘
The second song is by Royksopp (from their album Melody A.M.) and is called ‘Poor Leno‘. This song, which is part electronica and part escapist house, builds a dreamy sound while highlighting all that is disturbing about animals kept in captivity. The song beautifully and tragically documents the impacts of removing an animal from its natural habitat simply for the entertainment of humans. Looking at animals behind bars or through the glass into a ‘simulated environment’ will never feel quite the same again after watching this video.
Where you’ll be, I’ll go
Where you’ll be, I’ll know
Where you’ll be, I’ll find you‘