Sunday Suggestion – The Knife – Heartbeats

The Knife are one of the few musicians operating beyond the boundaries of music and exploring a little. The Swedish duo didn’t just do this with the unparalleled Shaking The Habitual last year; they were pushing the boundaries eleven years ago too. Even with the most light hearted songs they could muster. Heartbeats is a wonderful, all out synth affair from their second studio album Deep Cuts and it sounds like the sort of music a large amount of synth groups are producing right now over a decade later. It’s heavy and blocky with it’s synths sounds and intertwines a combination of them to build hook on to hook. The tumbling 80’s drum sample and the curious vocal link it together in a simplistic fashion that is enhanced by it’s minimalism and production. The synths have an added kick and spring to them after each chorus and also go into a hook filled, melodic feast at one point that is only enhanced by the less obvious but still harmonious vocal style. This song is quite simply everything that’s good about 21st century pop music.

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