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[[caption-width-right:350:''In a dream all my teeth fell out: a cracked smile and a silent shout'']]

The Knife - what you might get if David Lynch's films could sing you to sleep before they sell your soul to the devil, in the nicest possible way.

The Knife is an electronic brother-sister music duo from Sweden, comprised of Karin Dreijer-Andersson and her brother Olof Dreijer. Formed in 1999, they rose to public attention when [[CoveredUp Jose Gonzalez's cover]] of their song ''Heartbeats'' was used in a Sony Bravia TV commercial (the one with all the bouncy balls).

They are incredibly reclusive, often refusing to give interviews or make public appearances (they did not perform live shows until 2006) and the few promotional images of them usually show them wearing venetian plague-doctor masks, or dressed as monkeys.

Their albums to date:
* ''The Knife'' (2001)
* ''Deep Cuts'' (2003)
* ''Silent Shout'' (2006)
* ''Tomorrow In A Year'' (2010) - a concept opera based on Charles Darwin's ''Origins Of The Species'' in collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock.
* ''Shaking the Habitual'' (2013)

The first two albums gained small acclaim but went largely unnoticed, although ''Deep Cuts'' was nominated for a Grammis[[note]]The Swedish version of the Grammy Awards[[/note]]. Silent Shout, however, was a roaring success, nominated for 6 Grammis Awards and named as Pitchfork Media's album of the year, as well as Slant Magazine's 95th best album of the 2000s.

While they fall under the category of "electronic music" their sound is hard to describe in full detail. TheOtherWiki lists the aforementioned DavidLynch as an influence, as well as Aki Kaurismäki, ComicBook/BlackHole, DonnieDarko and VideoGame/{{Doom}} as just some of their influences, so that might give you an idea.

In addition to The Knife, Karin Dreijer Andersson has a solo project, calling herself Fever Ray and releasing a self-titled album under that name. It is something of a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Silent Shout'' in terms of its sound, and she also provided songs for ''Film/RedRidingHood''.

Dreijer-Andersson also contributed vocals to Norwegian band Röyksopp's ''What Else Is There?'', ''This Must Be It'' and ''Tricky Tricky''.

Oh, and for added fun, they're good friends with {{Robyn}}.
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!!The Knife provides examples of:

* AlbumTitleDrop: See page image.
* AnimatedMusicVideo: ''We Share Our Mother's Health'' primarily, though many of their music videos feature animation at some point.
* EpicRocking: A fair share of the tracks on ''Shaking the Habitual'' veer towards or over 10 minutes, but the very longest is ''Old Dreams Waiting to be Realized'', a 20 minute epic consisting of little else than eerie ambient noise. Has subsequently become a bit of a BaseBreaker.
* JumpScare: ''Old Dreams Waiting To Be Realized'' largely consists of 19 minutes of extremely spooky ambient noise... except for one very loud spasm of electric noise halfway through. Not the sort of track you'd want to turn on while being home alone.
* LarynxDissonance: Olaf does NOT sing at all on the entire ''Silent Shout'' - those deep, creepy tones are Karin (with the help of a little pitch-shifting).
* NewSoundAlbum: Certainly the difference between the relatively upbeat ''Deep Cuts'' and ''Silent Shout'' is a heavy case of musical MoodWhiplash.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Karin's voice can make relatively benign lyrics utterly ''terrifying''.
* [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Real Life Writes The Lyrics]]: Sort of. In a rare interview, Karin admitted to having written a large part of the Fever Ray album while she was awake at night, tending to her newborn. Given the sometimes creepy content and tone of the songs, many thought this meant that she was writing in response to her experiences raising a child, rather than the simple fact that she was awake because of the child, and chose to write at that time.
* ReclusiveArtist: Zig-zagged. They tend to shy away from press attention, but they've stated multiple times that they're open to interviews, just not ones that try to pry into their personal lives. Karin appears to be more amiable to interviews when she was promoting Fever Ray.
* SanitySlippageSong: ''Like A Pen'' certainly sounds it, amongst others.
* SurrealMusicVideo: A particular favourite, especially for the songs from ''Silent Shout''.