Video: Laura Gibson – “Domestication”
From Goners, due October 26 on Barsuk.
You know how we feel about cults around here. We love ’em!
Laura Gibson told NPR, “The song ‘Domestication’ took form as a fable, the story of wolf trying and failing to live as a woman. I was thinking a lot about shape-shifting. Wolves and dogs seemed to haunt my lyrics on Goners. […] Though I’d meant ‘domestication’ in the animal sense, when it came time to make the video, I liked the idea of using the term in the homemaking sense. I’d been obsessed with this photo I’d found of the pastel women of the FLDS cult, and wanted to build a world and a story around the aesthetic — something like the speculative societies of Margaret Atwood or Ursula Le Guin. At the end of the story, I wanted the women to act like wolves.”
I’m guessing the photo she found was this one:
That photo was going around a few years ago when Amy Berg’s documentary Prophet’s Prey came out.