“A Tooth For An Eye” by The Knife // Shaking the Habitual (Out 4.8.13 via Rabid)
What else is really left to be said about The Knife? They continue to string together sounds that at times feel both jarring and beautiful, unpredictable and reliably powerful. There sonic experiments haven’t calmed on the second single from “Shaking the Habitual” either, as “A Tooth For An Eye” is a wild trip through tropicalia, glitch beats, electro pop, and everything else that Karin and Olof could find time to store under the hood, yet at the same time everything feels absolutely essential and vital. It’s a crazed trip, but a rewarding one if you’re up for the ride.
And here we have the visual companion to the absolutely wild new track from The Knife. It’s probably best going in blind on this one, as the video is epic and strange as the song that provides it’s soundtrack, yet it still manages to hold the narrative. It’s an intense and haunting film that might require a few views to even grasp what’s taking place, but that’s all right when the music is this interesting.
The band released a statement from the director to coincide with the release of the short film. It can be found here.
“Full of Fire” by The Knife // Shaking the Habitual (Out April 2013)
It’s been a while since a full fledged track from The Knife has surfaced, and with the forthcoming release of the highly anticipated “Shaking the Habitual”, the band is releasing lead off single, “Full of Fire” - which has already made it’s way to Soundcloud and various other sites in the past 18 hours. Naturally, the first taste of new material is full of complex, shadowy beats and twisted, warped synths that crash and smash into each other as Karin Dreijer Andersson’s possessed vocals lead you down a positively spellbinding rabbit hole of dance-able high strangeness. It’s a fucking wild ride to say the least, but could you expect anything else from The Knife?
Considering that I spent the better part of October posting the sounds of Halloween, I feel that I’ve completely slacked on holiday music this year. That’s primarily because I’m not a huge fan of a lot of the sounds that you find yourself hearing on rotation in every department store these days. Of course, there are always exceptions, so here - I’ve compiled some of my favorite indie-friendly holiday songs for everyone to enjoy. Sure, there are plenty of obvious picks here, but I tried to keep the mix flowing and to use tracks that not only were obvious choices, but also some that fit the bill on theme or vibe. Naturally, it wouldn’t be a mix from me if it didn’t contain some of the more quiet, dreamy, and in several occasions - melancholic tracks for the season.
After the tracklist, you will find links for streaming and downloading. Enjoy, share, and happy holidays! Thanks to everyone for all of the support this year. Happy Holidays!
Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Supporting them is the only purpose in doing this blog. Contrary to the opinions of some, music blogs are a great way to discover new music, but there will only be so much new music to go around if these artists can’t afford to support themselves through their art and commerce. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.
“You’re the One” by Charli XCX // You’re The One EP (2012)
Charli XCX is finally back after a few killer online single with a new track from her EP which drops today (6.12.12). Once again she comes hard with an electro-goth-pop beat (think early tracks from The Knife) and a melody that is made out of pure ear candy. This girl can craft a hook like it’s no one’s business. At this point, she’s giving Robyn a run for her money by crafting instantly memorable electro pop jams that demand multiple replays. Of course, she’s got a little more time to prove before the Robyn comparisons will be valid (after all, Robyn is an official deity on some dance floors). Regardless, “You’re The One” is another ace from Charli XCX, and hopefully after the release of this new EP (which sadly only features this is the previously unreleased track), we’ll have a full length coming in no time. Highest recommendation.
“Heartbeats” by Mount Weak // Originally by The Knife
It’s always nice to see random acts of artistry pop up on my tumblr feed from people that I follow and this is a special one. Mount Weak’s dreamy, lo-fi take on the brilliant track “Heartbeats” by The Knife (and later Jose Gonzales) is a lovely, atmospheric track that definitely deserves some attention. Their modest note on the post is all the most reason to give it a chance.
This is something we put together today, the sound is a bit quiet because we havent got mega equipment yet but you get the idea.
Highly recommended. Give them a follow over at their new tumblr page as well.
“Heartbeats (Cosmonaut Grechko Remix)” by Ellie Goulding // Originally by The Knife
Here’s a remix of an acoustic cover of an original from the Knife (got that?). The Ellie Goulding cover that appeared from Radio One a few weeks back was gorgeous, but the Cosmonaut Grechko (Astronaut Gary?) remix fleshes out the mix and adds some wonderful little production notes that brings the whole thing alive in a way that didn’t quite happen the last time. Both versions are excellent, but this remix might best the stripped down acoustic version for me (might), though neither are quite as mind numbingly brilliant as the original or the live version of the original from The Knife’s Silent Shout: Audio Visual Experience (that one kills me every time). Highly recommended.
The Afterglow Show - Under the Covers Episode One May 4th, 2011
from Under the Covers
Stream: The Under the Covers Show // Episode One // May 4th, 2011
This Podcast is dedicated to and features great cover songs of and by your favorite indie artists of the past and present. Hosted by Steve from PerfectMidnightWorld and featuring music from:
- Featuring -
LCD Soundsystem // My Gold Mask // Surfer Blood // Pavement // The National // Grant Lee Phillips // Bon Iver // Grizzly Bear // Metric // The Shins // Arcade Fire // The Antlers // Kitteh Fur // Snow & Voice // Devics // Failure // Ellie Goulding // TV on the Radio // Papercuts // Gayngs
- Covering The Music Of -
Joy Division, Kim Carnes, Pavement, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, The Church, Tom Petty, Hot Chip, The Strokes, The Magnetic Fields, Doves, The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Knife, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Don Henley, and Sade (yes, some bands are covered by more than one artist/band)
“Heartbeats” by Ellie Goulding // Originally by The Knife
I’m not usually the biggest fan of Ellie Goulding, but she certainly has a way with some covers that really makes them work as stripped down acoustic numbers. Then again, it’s kind of hard to fuck up a song so wonderfully constructed as the Knife’s “Heartbeats”. Not to take anything away from her, she’s certainly talented as well. Just saying that the original is pretty incredible.
the knife - HEARTBEATS (Live from the Silent Shout: An Audio-Visual Experience)
Because I can never hear this version enough, and also because it’s the best version out there (yes, even better than the original version, the Jose Gonzalez version, and the Ellie Goulding version). I’ve been listening to this fairly regularly for the past four years or so. I absolutely love this darker, more intense version. Karin Dreijer Andersson’s voice never fails me.
Royksopp (feat. Karin Dreijer Andersson) - What Else Is There?
from The Understanding
royksopp (feat. Karin Dreijer Andersson) - WHAT ELSE IS THERE?
let’s go back 5 or so years. I’ve honestly never been a big Royksopp fan, but i’m a nut for Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray, and The Knife) and she just kills it in this song. So beautiful and yet dark and creepy. And fuck, who would want to forget the video? The brilliant Martin de Thurah directed it (look him up) and it’s goddamned amazing. Karin appears momentarily towards the end eating an apple in the creepy house, while a model (Marianne Schröder) does the lip-syncing throughout.
At any rate, it just popped up on random and i hadn’t thought of it recently, so i figured why not post the song and video here. Enjoy.