It’s one of the most highly anticipated returns to country music in history, and social media was there for it when the Dixie Chicks simultaneously released their first new studio music and music video in over 10 years for “Gaslighter.”
By Wikipedia definition, gaslighting is: “a form of psychological manipulations in which a person or a group covertly sows seeds of doubt in a targeted individual, making them question their own memory, perception, or judgment.”
The video is mostly a performance and imaging piece showing that time has been very kind to Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire. Peppered throughout the piece is vintage footage from television and newsreels of women and their roles and stereotypes throughout history along with random bits and pieces of entertainment clips. The images hint at deeper meaning and purpose, Easter eggs, however, even without knowing those interpretations, the video does what a video mostly should do — it puts a greater emphasis on the song.
With a musical history of making social statements, “Gaslighter” fits right into the Dixie Chicks’ repertoire, however, it could be open to a variety of interpretations. At face value, it would seem that the lyrics are a direct reflection of Natalie’s relationship with and divorce from ex-husband Adrian Pasdar.
“We moved to California and followed your dreams / I believed the promises you made to me / Swore that night 'till death do us part / But you lie-lie-lie-lie-lied / Hollywood welcomed you with open doors / No matter what they gave you, you still wanted more / Acting all above it when our friends divorced / What a lie-lie-lie-lie-lie”
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Production on this newest piece of music from the trio is fun and energetic, although at times it might overshadow the velvety harmonies that the Chicks were known for and longtime fans have been missing. However, as the first offering from the trio in too many years, it serves as an adept teaser for what is to come.