Been waiting to hear The Knife‘s first album since 2006′s Silent Shout? Well wait no longer. The most anticipated album this side of Daft Punk started streaming on the Swedish duo’s website just a few minutes ago, and you can indulge in the dark and weird world of Shaking The Habitual right here. Get settled in.
Enigmatic Swedish duo The Knife are are back with their first proper album since 2006′s Silent Shout. Shaking The Habitual sees the brother and sister pair of Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olaf Dreijer back together following eight years worth of quality solo release, her as Fever Ray, him as Oni Ayhun. And seeing as how their last album found it’s way onto every major ‘Best of 2006′ list, yet still holds up perfectly today, we’re obviously excited about any new music. “Full Of Fire” delivers, but in unexpected ways. The opening post-punky electro beat had us worried The Knife may be trapped in mid-’00s electro’s past. But things start to wiggle and shake and by the end of the 9 minute stomper, you’re ready to take the ride all over again.
While rabid fans of Swedish brother-sister duo The Knife sit patiently waiting for a follow-up to the now five years old Silent Shout, it’s not like Karin Dreijer Andersson has kept us wanting for more. In fact, between her equally beguiling Fever Ray album (2009) and the more abstract Tomorrow, In A Year project with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock, we’ve heard from Andersson plenty.
Now a new track has emerged in the form of “No Face.” Taken from the We Are The Works In Progress charity compilation for Japanese Tsunami relief (compiled by Blonde Redhead‘s Kazu Makino and featuring Four Tet, Nosaj Thing, Interpol and more), the tune covers territory similar to Tomorrow, In A Year‘s experimental opera, with no beat or lyrics to speak of. Rather, Andrersson travels further down the raw instrumentation path she has been leading her heavily processed voice on for years.
We’re probably going to have to wait a bit longer for the new album by The Knife, so this here has got to be the next best thing. Because although Planningtorock is officially part of the DFA camp for the release of her new album W, her hyper-artsy style has far more in common with the sound of Sweden’s foremost dark electro-pop duo. They even collaborated on the music for last year’s conceptual opera, Tomorrow In A Year.
When the anonymous gothic-tinged electro artist iamamiwhoami first emerged in 2009, there was much speculation over the identity of the artist behind the startling visual imagery and cutting darkwave music. Was it Lady Gaga? Alison Goldfrapp? Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife? As it turns out, the true identity was Swedish singer-songwriter Jonna Lee, which had to be disappointing to blog conspiracists. But a huge break for the performer, the kind that no publicist can by.
Now iamamiwhoami is back with a proper identity, which has had minimal effect on the depth of the work. In fact, without all the the speculation, it almost makes this stunning tunes and videos more enjoyable.