Posts Tagged ‘The Knife’

February 13, 2018
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The Knife’s Heartbeats will forever hold a very special place in my heart. It’s probably one of my all time favorite songs, and I can’t help but love some of the many covers of the track have surfaced in the past sixteen years, too. Autolaser, the prestigious producer who’s worked with the likes of Far East Movement, Yelawolf, Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony, and many more esteemed artists in the past, offers up his own re-imagining of the timeless classic. Oslo’s Ester Adele turns in celestial vocals on the glacial glimmering electronic approach on Heartbeats, a dreamy trickling beauty that opens up into a verdant wonderland of skipping beats and lush synths. It feels like we’ve traveled through a magical fantasy land with Autolaser and Ester Adele. It’s an ephemeral journey, but we get to take the ride over and over again by diving back into the exquisite future beats meets indie dance cover, whose ethereal effervescent and cosmic wonder are like M83 gone Odesza. 

January 25, 2018

Though I’m still rather dejected over the retirement of Swedish experimental electro-pop collective The Knife, I’ve been elated for the past few months over the return of Karin Dreijer Andersson’s other project, Fever Ray, who’d been silent for well over eight years before the sudden release of her sophomore album Plunge. Fever Ray’s strange and esoteric, dark and edgy electropop, much rooted in the macabre and gothic, is right up my alley, and I can’t get enough of Andersson’s new music. Today, Fever Ray shares a music video for Plunge track Wanna Sip, giving us some sinister and eerie visuals to go along with the icy droning, glitchy needling song. Fever Ray also announced a North American tour this week, which concludes in Oakland on May 26th at the Fox Theater. You can count on my presence at that show. It’s going to be a magnificent experience, no doubt. I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my CD copy of Plunge next month, too. You can grab your own, here.

November 7, 2017

After eight years of album silence, Karin Dreijer Andersson of now defunct The Knife suddenly released her sophomore album as Fever Ray last week. And with Plunge’s digital release comes a flurry of ghoulishly haunting music videos for the electro-pop artists dark gothy tunes. Though a physical release for Plunge won’t arrive until late February (I lament the delay!), I’ve been enjoying these songs digitally, and my current favorite video and song is likely the above Mustn’t Hurry, an icy dark, woodwind blustering treat that feels like Kate Bush crossed with The Knife. Plunge is available digitally, here. Watch more of Fever Ray’s deliciously unsettling new videos for Plunge tracks below, including ones for Wanna Sip (a close second favorite for me at the moment), A Part Of Us, and Falling.

October 19, 2017

After a few days of ghoulish and trippy video teases from Fever Ray, a new song is finally here! Literally fresh off the press is To The Moon And Back, a four minute extravaganza from Sweden’s Karin Dreijer Andersson (also of The Knife fame). The prismatic churning song is a deluge of extreme quirkiness and edgy eccentricity. It burbles, pulses, and pokes with spry beats, cheeky lyrics, and playful synths. To The Moon And Back’s electro pop comes accompanied by a music video that’s one part horror, one part sci-fi. Hopefully, the song marks a new flood of music from Fever Ray as well as a new album. We’ll have to wait and see, I guess. Stream/download To The Moon And Back, here.

October 16, 2017

It’s a big deal when word of new Fever Ray surfaces. Before you get too excited, please note this isn’t a full track but more of a tease. I’m sure you’re still as excited as I am, especially since this one minute fourteen seconds long video named Switch Seeks Same is as glorious as it is. Sure, I’m still very sad that The Knife retired after Shaking The Habitual, but it’s cause for celebration when The Knife’s Karin Dreijer Andersson notifies the world of her return as Fever Ray. Quirky glitching, edgy fidgeting Switch The Same is a deliciously twisted tease. As mentioned in the cryptic clip, it’s been 8 years since Fever Ray’s last album. Look out for more news from Fever Ray on this mysterious website, here. Has anyone in the UK tried calling the number on in the video?

March 18, 2016
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David Harks ‘Obey’, inspired by the likes of The Knife and The 2 Bears, is a delicious tune. I love how bubbly and light it is, it’s like fizzling champagne tickling your person’s nose. This track has a glossy coproduction from Miguel of Royal Dust. I asked about the artwork since an inspiration is The 2 Bears, but the fact that it looks like a bear on acid is completely unintentional. Anyways, David remarks “Obey your calling in life, follow your heart and listen to your dreams”

November 20, 2014
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There have been countless covers of (now defunct) The Knife’s Heartbeats over the years, many of them quite amazing indeed, and each one bringing its own style to the timeless classic. This new cover of the song was a pleasant surprise. Toronto producer Dabin teams up with soulful, buttery voiced Canadian songstress Daniela Andrade to create an updated, downtempo version of the song. The chill and somber rendition is breathtakingly beautiful and weightless.

November 20, 2014
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There have been countless covers of (now defunct) The Knife’s Heartbeats over the years, many of them quite amazing indeed, and each one bringing its own style to the timeless classic. This new cover of the song was a pleasant surprise. Toronto producer Dabin teams up with soulful, buttery voiced Canadian songstress Daniela Andrade to create an updated, downtempo version of the song. The chill and somber rendition is breathtakingly beautiful and weightless.

October 23, 2014
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Fact number one: I love The Knife’s Heartbeats. Like, a LOT. Like, it’s one of my all time favorite songs (off a meaty list of great tunes). Fact number two: I love Jose Gonzalez, that Swedish folkster who never fails to melt me with his gorgeous songs, both solo and with his band Junip. Fact three: I love Jose Gonzalez’s cover of The Knife’s Heartbeats, I mean… it’s a song that’s been covered a gazillion times, but Jose’s cover from many years ago just bowled me over with its pastoral beauty (and it went on to soundtrack a Sony Bravia commercial, at the height of Sony’s command in the television sector, if you recall). When I encountered Austrian producers filous and Mount’s chill, melodic house remix of Jose Gonzalez’s cover of Heartbeats, I found myself faced with fact number four: a well crafted remix of a song I love very much can only result in even more love. My heart floats on cloud nine when listening to this gem. While we’re at it, let’s drift away to filous’ remix of Kodaline’s High Hopes, too.

October 23, 2014
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Fact number one: I love The Knife’s Heartbeats. Like, a LOT. Like, it’s one of my all time favorite songs (off a meaty list of great tunes). Fact number two: I love Jose Gonzalez, that Swedish folkster who never fails to melt me with his gorgeous songs, both solo and with his band Junip. Fact three: I love Jose Gonzalez’s cover of The Knife’s Heartbeats, I mean… it’s a song that’s been covered a gazillion times, but Jose’s cover from many years ago just bowled me over with its pastoral beauty (and it went on to soundtrack a Sony Bravia commercial, at the height of Sony’s command in the television sector, if you recall). When I encountered Austrian producers filous and Mount’s chill, melodic house remix of Jose Gonzalez’s cover of Heartbeats, I found myself faced with fact number four: a well crafted remix of a song I love very much can only result in even more love. My heart floats on cloud nine when listening to this gem. While we’re at it, let’s drift away to filous’ remix of Kodaline’s High Hopes, too.