M.I.A. has a new video out! Yay? Well, maybe not. Apparently it’s a nine minute epic, featuring graphic violence and gore. To crib from Wikipedia: The controversial film depicts red-haired young men being violently rounded up in an urban zone by armed men wearing United States flags on their shoulders, and has been described widely as a metaphoric political statement. The Huffington Post stated “Whether it’s a comment on the absurdity of genocide (of which M.I.A. saw plenty during her early childhood in Sri Lanka) or a challenge to the idea of “other” in Arizona’s immigration law, it is startling even in the context of recent genre-bending music art-films.”
Not sure if I’ll watch it myself at any point (even though it sounds like an admirable effort), but she’s streaming the song on her MySpace page, and it sounds pretty damn good. I was a little worried when I read her previous comments about proving her “musicality”, because I thought that might mean she’d be smoothing out the rougher edges of her cut-up stuff… but ‘Born Free’ is as punky as anything she’s done before. So, hurrah for that.