Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Knife

The Knife, a popular music duo from Sweden, was forged in 1999.  The two siblings, singer Karin Andersson and brother Olof Dreijer own a record company called Rabid Records.

The band transcends many genres, including a lot of experimental electronic, synthpop, and ambient 'trip-hop'.  Many of their songs feature new age influences and extensive vamping, with soothing, melodic phrasing.  They take inspiration from vintage synth pop and avant-garde sounds that are just as sinister as they are pleasing.

They were brought to the international stage with their song 'Heartbeats', which appeared in a Sony commercial.  Several of their songs have since appeared on television shows and commercials.  In 2006, they released their critically acclaimed Silent Shout album, and have won several Swedish Grammis (to which they refuse to attend the award ceremony).

They have both done solo projects since, but rumors hint towards an upcoming project which may or may not already be in the works!

35 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the video. The synchronised skate boarders are truly awesome by the way lol.

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  2. I swear I've heard of this band before somewhere..

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  3. Old song I've not heard in ages!

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  4. I would so fall on my ass so many times trying that

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  5. Epic Skateboarding, epic video!

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  6. This is their own song? I swear I recognise it from somewhere else, can't remember for the life of me. Really like it, great video as well.
    Ah now I know, José González covered it!

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  7. Yes! Jose Gonzalez did a very awesome acoustic version! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4_4abCWw-w

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  8. Haha came here to post about jose gonzalez but was beaten to the punch.

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  9. The Knife rule. I love their creepy sounds and Karen Dreijer's voice.

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  10. I love The Knife and would suggest that any fans also check out Fever Ray. And I love Jose Gonzales's version of heartbeats, it's amazing.

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  11. Definitely a fan of Jose's version as well :) I like this song a lot but i wasn't so fond of their other stuff. Otherwise, great post, i hadn't seen this vid before, i enjoyed it :)

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  12. Never heard of them, but they're not bad. Nice post man.

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  13. These guys are amazing! just my kinda music ;D

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  14. Your blog is great! I love your music taste, Simian, The Knife great stuff I'll be sure to read more. I run an indie music blog myself ^.^

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  15. My first thought was Daft Punk. :P

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  16. not my cup of tea, but it sounds alright

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  17. OMG I love the Knife!!! My favorite song is Pass This On.

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  18. Not something I normally listen to but its ok

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  19. I actually prefer Jose Gonzales' version but hearing the original is good too. Sweden's awesome.

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  20. This is exactly the type of music I was looking for but couldnt find for a long time. Thank you so much! Following for more

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  21. a jam a day keeps the butter away ,y mother used to say

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