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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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Albums by
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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.   Marble House
  14.   Ready to Lose
  15.   Pass This On
  16.   Rock Classics
  17.   Behind the Bushes
  18.   Raging Lung
  19.   A Lung
  20.   Girls' Night Out
  21.   Let's Talk About Gender Baby, Let's Talk About You and Me
  22.   Fracking Fluid Injection
  23.   Stay Out Here
  24.   Oryx
  25.   Networking
  26.   Old Dreams Waiting To Be Realized
  27.   Without You My Life Would Be Boring
  28.   We Share Our Mothers' Health [Radio Slave's Secret
  29.   Vegetarian Restaurant
  30.   High School Poem
  31.   Hannah's Conscious
  32.   Seeds
  33.   The Height of Summer
  34.   Tomorrow In A Year
  35.   Seeds
  36.   Colouring of Pigeons
  37.   Tumult
  38.   Annie's Box
  39.   Schoal Swarm Orchestra
  40.   Letter To Henslow
  41.   Variation Of Birds
  42.   Ebb Tide Explorer
  43.   Minerals
  44.   Geology
  45.   Epochs
  46.   Neon
  47.   Lasagna
  48.   I Just Had to Die
  49.   I Take Time
  50.   Parade
  51.   Zapata
  52.   Bird
  53.   We Share out Mother's Health
  54.   One for You
  55.   The Cop
  56.   Listen Now
  57.   She's Having a Baby
  58.   Is It Medicine
  59.   You Make Me Like Charity
  60.   Got 2 Let U
  61.   Hangin' Out
  62.   This Is Now
  63.   Handy-Man
  64.   The Bridge
  65.   N.Y. Hotel
  66.   Kino
  67.   You Take My Breath Away
  68.   Neverland
  69.   The Captain
  70.   We Share Our Mothers' Health
  71.   Intro
  72.   Upheaved
  73.   One Hit
  74.   Crake
  75.   A Cherry on Top

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