Label: Big Beat Records
Release Date: 31st July 2020
"Music often transcends disparity, and ‘Bodies’, with its cheerful rhythm and punchy chorus, inspires coming together as one."
I’ve said before that everything The Knocks touch turns to gold. ‘Bodies’, featuring MUNA (the self-proclaimed best band in the world), is no exception. Singer Katie Gavin delivers tender reverb-drenched vocals over an anthemic dance track that is characteristically Knocks-esque. Electronica meets pop on this upbeat and euphoric cut, which wouldn’t be complete without MUNA’s signature synth-led style and The Knocks’ on-trend production.
Lyrically, ‘Bodies’ aches for a different time. Born of nostalgia for being young, of house parties in suburbia, of mellow summer nights, ‘Bodies’ quickly took on a different meaning amidst the current climate. Upon its release, MUNA shared a statement detailing everything from the inception of the song to its delay, and how the song was shaped not only by the pandemic but by the impacts of “age-old American racism” and the powerful Black Lives Matter movement.
And so, ‘Bodies’ became more than an ode to the past. It became about missing everything. The track is incredibly memorable with a vibe that reflects upon the simplest notion – togetherness despite being alone. The matching one-shot video of Katie rollerblading in slow motion through a quiet neighbourhood captures this loneliness, but MUNA crave unison. Music often transcends disparity, and ‘Bodies’, with its cheerful rhythm and punchy chorus, inspires coming together as one. So, grab your skates and let’s dance our way to a new normal.
Words by Jess Hodgson.
2nd August 2020.