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idle talk

idle talk
release date April 24, 2012
length 5:16 (video)
4:52 (single)
tags idle talk, kin, iamamiwhoami
iamamiwhoami; idle talk idle talk
April 25, 2012
To whom it may concern.
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Sixth single from kin.

Music video observationsEdit

Idle talk screenshot

Lee lies in the centre of the room, surrounding by five hairy dust piles.

The music video begins where in due order left off. Jonna Lee is seen lying in a white room, wearing a fur coat while surrounded by five hairy piles of dust. She gets up and the environment changes to a field in the middle of the forest. She is covered in sand, and she puts on a hat. As she sings, another scene in an apartment is shown as the doors of a closet are seen opening and closing. Lee gets surrounded by birds as they leave droppings on her. She fondles her stomach and sheds a tear. She then walks away through various forested areas, and eventually to an apartment. She walks to a closet and opens it, sand spilling out. She then crawls into the closet.


  1. Just as Lee seems to be struck by lightning in play, the charred, "hairy piles of dust" might be the remnants of the hairy figures after a lightning strike.
  2. Lee returns to the exact location in play where she was struck by lightning, wearing the fur coat, the only difference being she now has braided hair, hair-textured underwear and a hat.
  3. This video marks the final appearance of the hairy figures, and they are not seen again for the rest of kin.
  4. The returning march to the building through the forest parallels the march in t.
  5. Lee's outfit returns to the white underwear and socks from sever and drops when she's back in the apartment.
  6. The reflection of the apartment building opposite the room shows a light being switched off in a particular unit.
  7. The sand that spills out of the closet foreshadows the desert in rascal.
  8. Lee's stomping of her feet as the sand spills parallels the same action performed in o and t.


  • A "Trojan war" is mentioned in the song, and it is interesting to note that Lee commented about a "Trojan horse" in an interview with MTV Iggy. While originally used in Greek Mythology, the term "Trojan horse" is used in modern-day context as a metaphor used to describe "A person or thing intended secretly to undermine or bring about the downfall of an enemy or opponent."


  1. idle talk — 4:52

Official versionsEdit

  • in session — premiered on UK radio Xfm's X-posure, presented by John Kennedy on October 8, 2012.

Live performancesEdit

Release historyEdit

Date Release
2012-04-24 Video
2012-04-25 Single
2012-08-29 Video single


Where are you my long lost love
It feels like yesterday us parting
I held you closest to my thrusting heart
Now the withdrawal seems to be starting

You’re not like anyone I know
With you I flourish into greatness
Extend my arms into immense delight
Making my future vast and weightless

Quite an undertaking
All fair promises
I stopped hearing you crow
Quite an understatement
And harm surfaces that is hidden in snow

I should have kept you safe
Shielded from our trojan war

Where are you my partisan
The last I saw of you was sinking
Into a giant hole of nothingness
As my desire started shrinking

If I choose to take you back (if you can swallow all that pride)
If I stand up for my believing (if you can still be what I lack)
Can we make up for all the joy we lack (where is the passion you were bringing?)
Can we start giving and receiving (what is the purpose of me giving?)

Quite an undertaking
All fair promises
I stopped hearing you crow
Quite an understatement
And harm surfaces that is hidden in snow

(It's the same)

Where are you my long lost love
It feels like yesterday us parting


Chart Country Peak position
iTunes Store Top 10 Electronic Songs Sweden #1
Netherlands #3

External linksEdit


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in concert 2010: IN CONCERT
2011: Way Out West
2012: Stockholm Music & ArtsPopagandaBerlin FestivalEtherBBC Radio 6 Music: Lauren LaverneFreeFormFestival
2013: Razzmatazz: Grand Tour SueciaElectric BrixtonForbidden FruitPark LivePohodaMelt!LatitudeSoundrive FestSymbiosis GatheringBrooklyn Masonic Temple
interviews 2011: BULLETT: An Inscrutable Interview
2012: DN: Lättar på mystikenThe Guardian: The Ethereal World of Jonna Lee • Dazed: Exclusive Q&AIntro: Eine Band als RätselClash: Exclusive InterviewNotion: What Can You Do with Nothing?DIY: Every Event in Our Storyline Has a PurposeThisispaper: InterviewGay Times: Yet Another Amazing Swedish Musical ExportMTV Iggy: The Elusive Genius of iamamiwhoamiPlayGround: Trying to Lift the Veil of Mystery Off iamamiwhoamiWired: Musical Guessing Ich bin, du bist, wir alle Inkognito zum Hype - Das Phänomen iamamiwhoamiNoisey: iamamiwhoami ist nicht von dieser WeltVogue: A New Beginningaqnb: The Illusion of Art

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