Sunday Suggestion – The Knife – We Share Our Mothers Health

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Over eleven years ago today, The Knife recorded the ground-breaking and pioneering Deep Cuts. The ground shook, but nobody noticed as it ventured far beyond the norm and to the point were it’s hard to grasp their sound. Nevertheless, we are now living in their sound in 2014 as everyone finally got to grips with their sound. The same will be the case in 2023 or even beyond as the world catches up with potential of Shaking The Habitual. The Swedish duo’s last album before they announced their spilt in the summer. Our 2013/14 sound (The Knife’s 2002/03 sound) is perhaps best demonstrated with the Deep Cuts track ‘We Share Our Mothers Health’. The trap drop-like, pulsating beats continuously burst out throughout the track with sharp and clean synth sounds cutting and slashing their way across the beat. The aggressive and bold, higher pitched vocals from Karin are countered by the divulging and warping, low pitched vocal from Olof that are a little unsettling while acting as the perfect harmony for Karin’s vocal. See The Knife as a long term gift that keeps on giving.

The Knife and what sort of legacy they will leave

The Knife have announced that they are to split at the end of their Shaking The Habitual tour that concludes in Reykjavik, Iceland on September 7th. Upon the news, they were hailed as one of the most influential acts of the millennium by The Guardian and even though you won’t be familiar with them; that evaluation could not be more true. Sweden’s Karin and Olof Dreijer were initially pushing the boundaries of electro-pop with their 2003 album Deep Cuts and their most popular single ‘Heartbeats’. With it, they were grasping the heavy distorted synth sound and trap drop like beats nearly a decade before they were in widespread use like they are now. Today we’ve even reached the point where McCartney is doing just that. Throughout the 21st century so far, they have continued to develop and push this sound on beyond it’s very advanced boundaries; encompassing the very best of the unknown and the future of music progression. The fact that today’s groups have only just cottoned on to what they were doing eleven, twelve years ago while they were taking their first steps is testament to their advanced ability. Most recently they have reached the heights of experimentation; to the point where a label or genre cannot be applied. Shaking The Habitual and it’s fear inducing, synth laden, cave dive was their sound of 2013, however, we will not see music of that tenacity and inventiveness until 2024 at the very earliest, such is their progressiveness. Their legacy is not what they’ve done but what other people do with what they’ve done. The legacy does not hark back to the past, but to the future. We just haven’t reached it yet. They shouldn’t be stood alongside The Beatles, Bowie, Sex Pistols and the like; they will take their place of the modest sort of innovators. The one’s that aren’t appreciated until long after they’ve gone. Like The Sonics, Silver Apples, John Foxx and Broadcast; their music will be uncovered like a archaeologist discovers and rare artefact.
Hopefully their separate projects will be just as advanced and as enthralling for god knows we can’t afford to lose some of the last great innovators of music we have left.

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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