Artist of the Week: The Knife
The Knife (1999) are a Swedish electronic duo from Stockholm formed by siblings Krun Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer, both owner of their own label Rabid Records.
Inspired by vintage synth pop and experimental electronic music, The Knife gained international following with their sophomore album Deep Cuts (2003) and gained further recognition when a cover of their song «Heartbeats», rearranged for acoustic guitar by José González, appeared in the nowadays iconic Sony Bravia commercial.
With the dark and ambitious Silent Shout (2006), the duo became a quite unparalleled phenomenon of popularity of the last decade, reaching the top of annual lists made by several specialized publications and creating a record that has been endlessly cited as a direct inspiration (both in sound and attitude) by several new millennium acts.
After a rather cryptic and underpraised collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock in 2010 (Tomorrow, In a Year), The Knife are finally back with Shaking The Habitual, a 100 minute musical odyssey that is not only their more openly political effort, but also their more groundbreaking and challenging record. Enjoying may be, indeed, a demanding task, but the challenge is worth undertaking considering this is one of the most rewarding and richest experimental records released so far this year.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.