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The Knife continues their 20th Anniversary celebration as the duo of Karin and Olof Dreijer present a magenta coloured 180g numbered vinyl pressing of ‘Deep Cuts’, the 2003 album that lives up to The Knife’s name. A seething dissection of the status quo dressed up in the most delicious of hooks; a Trojan Horse of a pop record that dreamt of a revolution.

‘Deep Cuts’’ ‘Pass This On’ and ‘Heartbeats’ represent two of the most overt pop songs in The Knife’s catalogue and helped propel the band’s profile to new heights. Fellow Swede José González introduced the track to a fresh audience via his tender acoustic guitar cover that went on to be featured in a massively successful Sony Bravia commercial.

‘Heartbeats’ and its tale of instantaneous, fervent love became one of the most celebrated electro-pop songs of the 2000s. Pitchfork included it at #15 on their list of The Decade’s Best Recordings saying, “each version of ‘Heartbeats’ is a miracle in its own right, highlighting a different aspect of the same incredible, life-affirming experience.”

The Knife sought to imbue ‘Deep Cuts’ with allusions to their socialist political ideals via the democratization of art. The duo conceived calypso-tinged electronic pop and used it to rail against ingrained structural entities such as the police state, toxic masculinity and domestic abuse. It was a spoonful of auditory sugar to help offset the bitterness of a dark reality. ‘Deep Cuts’ offered a chance for people to dance while confronting a troubled world.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Maaaate. If you were at a student after-party between 2004 and 2009, it was only a matter of time before someone put this absolute CLASSIC on. Almost two decades on, and this LP is a glorious moment in time, where icy Scando-synth work translated emotive pop sensibilities into something perfect for a new millennium.

TRACK LISTING

Heartbeats
Girls’ Night Out
Pass This On
One For You
The Cop
Listen Now
She’s Having A Baby
You Take My Breath Away
Rock Classics
Is It Medicine
You Make Me Like Charity
Got 2 Let U
Behind The Bushes
Hangin’ Out

The Knife continues their 20th Anniversary celebrations as the duo of Karin and Olof Dreijer present a new violet coloured vinyl pressing of their critically adored third studio album, ‘Silent Shout’.

The Knife reached yet another pinnacle with ‘Silent Shout’. After the effervescent, Eurodisco-tinged pop of their 2003 album, ‘Deep Cuts’, the Dreijers developed a dark parallel world on their 2006 follow-up. With menacing electronics rooted in early techno and identity masking via the art of pitch shifting, The Knife used their platform to subvert institutional structures and challenge social norms. They were a band with something to say and people were listening.

For all its clean air, the isolated community they were raised in was suffocatingly patriarchal. The weight of gendered expectations almost too much to bear. In that context, ‘Silent Shout’ is a protest album of sorts. Songs like ‘Forest Families’ and ‘One Hit’ gnash their teeth at the pressure that sexism, homophobia and capitalism exert. The album’s sometimes eerie interpretation of 90s techno and trance - a formative era for both siblings - proved the perfect foil for the stinging social realism of its song lyrics.

While there had always been at least a year-long delay between the Swedish and international releases of their previous albums, ‘Silent Shout’ was released everywhere at once. And, for the first time, they took their music on tour. On stage, they wore black pantyhose over their heads daubed with UV paint. For interviews, they used their bird masks and altered their voices any time they were on video. They became famous for not wanting to be famous.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: If Deep Cuts delivered technicolour tropical pop with a naive exuberance, "Silent Shout" was its moody teenage sibling. Dark, shadowy and at times stomping. The opener is a Scando-tech bomb I have never fallen out of love with, lead single "We Share Our Mothers' Health" is a masterpiece in pitch shifted mind melt, and the rest of the tracklist is littered with jams (Marble House, Na Na Na and Like a Pen anyone?)

TRACK LISTING

Silent Shout
Neverland
The Captain
We Share Our Mothers’ Health
Na Na Na
Marble House
Like A Pen
From Off To On
Forest Families
One Hit
Still Light

Fever Ray

Plunge

    Plunge, the first release in 8 years since the celebrated self titled debut in 2009.
     
    Plunge was largely recorded in Karin Dreijer’s Stockholm studio in collaboration with the producers Paula Temple, Deena Abdelwahed, NÍDIA, Tami T, Peder Mannerfelt and Johannes Berglund.
     
    Karin Dreijer is one half of the electronic duo the Knife along with her brother, Olof Dreijer. 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Fever ray's newest outing sees the Dreijer's in fine form once again, mixing throbbing synths and soaring vocal harmonies with distinctly modern production touches. It's a fascinating and enthralling journey, and totally essential.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Wanna Sip
    2. Mustn't Hurry
    3. A Part Of Us
    4. Falling
    5. IDK About You
    6. This Country
    7. Plunge
    8. To The Moon And Back
    9. Red Trails
    10. An Itch
    11. Mama's Hand


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