Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The Knife- Full Of Fire (new single from Shaking the Habitual due out April 2013)

We are closer to having our ‘habitual’ thoughts and expectations ‘shaken up’ by The Knife’s new album. I’m assuming that nothing will be as expected from this new album, which is to be expected from this wonderfully uncompromising electronic and experimental duo.

After Karin Dreijer Andersson’s solo meandering as Fever Ray, a very dark, wonderfully eerie and tribal drum resounding experience, she’s teamed back up with her brother Olof to fill our eager ears with something a little ‘Aphex Twin-ish’.

It’s quite a hard techno sound, occasionally foraying into Chemical Brothers (yep, 'Setting Sun' really) put with a short film full of gender and class politics. ‘Asking questions’ the lyric repeats and surely does visually with cross dressing domestic workers, motorcycle, gender blurred bondage, and urination in the public domain, representing all difference in humanity and that that is often hidden.

Although musically very removed from anything on the electro opera of ‘Tomorrow, in a Year’, it sounds so far like it may work in a similar theme of questioning all that is obvious and mainstream, the so-called ‘norms’ of existence, beginnings and sexuality. We shall see soon. As the short film is directed by Marit Östberg, a filmmaker and challenging visual artist, it is no wonder these themes have worked together so finely in The Knife’s comeback single ‘Full of Fire. Enjoy it with me… as Marit says herself on the film;

“Our actions create reality, we create each other. We are never faceless, not even in the most grey anonymous streets of the city. We will never stop being responsible, being extensions, of one another. We will never stop longing for each other, and for something else.”

Karin’s vocals end on..

When you’re full of fire
What’s the object
of your desire

Let’s talk about gender baby
Let’s talk about you and me

I lovelovelove its energy and cannot wait for the release of 'Shaking the Habitual.'

*Jump to The Knife's official site for more information*

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