Sunday, 19 September 2010

When I Found The Knife

Two weeks ago now, I set off on a quest to get into a band. Any band would do and I had an idea of who I was gonna look for, but I didn't really like what I heard, somehow I stumbled onto a video of The Knife I forget which song exactly but that didn't matter, all that mattered was I LOVED it. Within the hour I had listened to every track from their three albums and counted my money, and now here we are.

Bit of backstory for them first before I jump into the tracks: The Knife are an electronic duo from Sweden, consisting of Karin Dreijer Andersson and her brother, Olof Dreijer. Olof does the tracks whilst Karin lends her vocals to them. And if you've heard What Else Is There? by Royksopp you'll have an idea of how she sounds.

Onto the tracks: probably their most popular one (famously covered by José Gonzalez and used to advertise Sony's Bravia TVs) is Heartbeats. chances are if you liked José's you'll like this, after all they ARE the same song, although The Knife's is slightly more upbeat.

The Knife - Heartbeats [click to download]

They rarely perform live, but when they do, it's really something else. I'd say it's up with Kraftwerk's and Daft Punk's concerts as an experience. Hell, the live audio is entitled "An Audio Visual Experience". have a look for yourself, first of all: The Audio, it's much slower than the studio one, I don't know which one I like more.

The Knife - Heartbeats (Live) [click to download]

Second: The Visuals, they certainly know how to put on a good show, minimal as it may be.

I don't really have much more to add than that, so have more songs instead :) This one's a nice slice of lovely electronica, enjoy

The Knife - Forest Families [click to download]

An instrumental this one, hey, variety is the spice of life :)

The Knife - The Bridge [click to download]

The Knife - One For You [click to download]

There'll be more if you lot like it enough. (or I get bored and do it anyway :P). anything to break up this slow streak we're having latley. damn life interfering with my internet friends!

Pining For The Fjords,
-Claude Van Foxbat


Jack Hynes said...

Surprised you haven't heard them before. They are an absolutely outstanding band.

Claude Van Foxbat said...

I have now, got all their albums :)
some of it sounds cheesy on first listen, but you grow to love them, like You Take My Breath Away :D

prez jordan said...

thanks for posting this! i always wondered who that female vocalist was

untra said...

And no mention of Silent Shout? Bravo.

Claude Van Foxbat said...

is that sarcasm? sorry, it's hard to pick out in text :P
In any case, while SS is a good track (and album) I didn't want to have it on along with heartbeats, cos some of the less popular tracks are fantastic :)

untra said...

yeah it was sarcasm.
Silent Shout is one of my favorite tracks by them. Especially the hard to find instrumental version- Now that is a good track

Mr. Brown said...

In Claude's defence:

We already posted Silent Shout, so he probably just didn't want to repost :p

MixiM said...

The post needs Pass this on!!! Epic track.

But more seriously, yeah great you mentioned the knife, they deserve an own post.

ArtVandelay said...

When you like The Knife (like me too ;) then you NEED TO listen to the actual project of the woman with the nice vocals. -> "Fever Ray"

Excellent Music, with smart lyrics.

greetz, ArtVandelay