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The Knife

A brother-and-sister duo hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, the Knife take inspiration from vintage synth pop and forward-thinking electronic music, crafting a sound that is equally unsettling, playful, and beautiful. Olof and Karin Dreijer formed the Knife in 1999 and worked on their music in their home studios, releasing their first single, Afraid of You, in 2000 and their 2001 self-titled debut album on their own Rabid Records label. In 2003, the Knife were nominated for two Grammys, one for Best Pop Group of the Year and one for Best Pop Album for their second album, Deep Cuts. However, the Dreijers boycotted the ceremony, sending two people in gorilla costumes to protest the dominance of male acts in the music industry. They also released the Hanna Med H Soundtrack later that year. In 2004, the Knife began work on their third album in unusual locations, including a former carbon dioxide factory and the vaults of Stockholm's Grand Church, before finishing their sessions in a more conventional studio. The following year, José González's cover of the Deep Cuts single "Heartbeats" (which was from his 2003 album Veneer) appeared in a commercial for Sony's Bravia and became a hit, earning more acclaim for the Dreijers outside of Sweden. Early in 2005, the Knife performed their first-ever live show at London's ICA, appearing with Rex the Dog (who also did a remix of González's version of "Heartbeats") and playing in front of video created for the event by artist Andreas Nilsson. His work also appeared on How I Found the Knife, a DVD/CD set that included all of the band's videos, short films, and remixes, which was released that summer. The Knife and Nilsson teamed up again for the video for the title track of the group's third album, Silent Shout, which was released in early 2006 in Sweden and that summer in the U.S. (by Mute) and U.K. (by Brille). The Knife's darkest, most ambitious work to date, the album featured singles such as We Share Our Mother's Health, which included a mix by Trentemøller. The duo played a handful of European, Scandinavian, and North American dates in 2006, accompanied by more of Nilsson's visuals. That fall, Mute reissued The Knife and Deep Cuts. The Knife's next project was Tomorrow, in a Year, an opera commissioned by the Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma and inspired by Charles Darwin's On the Origin of the Species. Working with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock, the duo recorded the album in Berlin, Stockholm, and Copenhagen over the course of 2008 and 2009. During that time, Karin Dreijer also worked on her own project Fever Ray with producer Christoffer Berg; the self-titled debut album arrived in 2009, and Tomorrow, in a Year was released in 2010. Early in 2013, the Knife released a new song, "Full of Fire," and announced their fourth album, Shaking the Habitual. Another single, A Tooth for an Eye, arrived before the album. An unsettling 90-minute meditation on topics including politics and the environment, Shaking the Habitual was released that April. The Knife returned the following June with Shaken Up Versions, a mini-album of some of the band's songs as they performed them on the Shaking the Habitual tour. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   Heartbeats
  3.   Silent Shout
  4.   Forest Families
  5.   No No No
  6.   Reindeer
  7.   Full of Fire
  8.   A Tooth for an Eye
  9.   Like a Pen
  10.   From off to On
  11.   Still Light
  12.   Wrap Your Arms Around Me
  13.   Ready to Lose
  14.   Marble House
  15.   Pass This On
  16.   Stay Out Here
  17.   She's Having a Baby
  18.   Fracking Fluid Injection
  19.   I Just Had to Die
  20.   Zapata
  21.   Neverland
  22.   Oryx
  23.   Girls' Night Out
  24.   Let's Talk About Gender Baby, Let's Talk About You and Me
  25.   Raging Lung
  26.   Crake
  27.   Without You My Life Would Be Boring
  28.   A Cherry on Top
  29.   Vegetarian Restaurant
  30.   High School Poem
  31.   Hannah's Conscious
  32.   Seeds
  33.   Tomorrow In A Year
  34.   Seeds
  35.   Colouring of Pigeons
  36.   Tumult
  37.   Annie's Box
  38.   Letter To Henslow
  39.   Variation Of Birds
  40.   Ebb Tide Explorer
  41.   Upheaved
  42.   Epochs
  43.   Intro
  44.   Neon
  45.   Lasagna
  46.   I Take Time
  47.   Parade
  48.   Bird
  49.   A Lung
  50.   We Share out Mother's Health
  51.   One for You
  52.   The Cop
  53.   Listen Now
  54.   Rock Classics
  55.   Is It Medicine
  56.   You Make Me Like Charity
  57.   Got 2 Let U
  58.   Behind the Bushes
  59.   Hangin' Out
  60.   This Is Now
  61.   Handy-Man
  62.   The Bridge
  63.   N.Y. Hotel
  64.   Kino
  65.   You Take My Breath Away
  66.   The Captain
  67.   We Share Our Mothers' Health
  68.   One Hit
  69.   Minerals
  70.   Networking
  71.   Old Dreams Waiting To Be Realized
  72.   Geology
  73.   Schoal Swarm Orchestra
  74.   The Height of Summer
  75.   We Share Our Mothers' Health [Radio Slave's Secret

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