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 were an electronic brother and sister music duo from Sweden, comprised of Karin Dreijer-Andersson and her brother Olof Dreijer. Formed in 1999 and disbanded in 2014, they rose to public attention when Jose Gonzalez's cover of their song Heartbeats was used in a Sony Bravia TV commercial (the one with all the bouncy balls).They were 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 Knife provides examples of:
- Album Title Drop: See page image.
- Animated Music Video: We Share Our Mother's Health primarily, though many of their music videos feature animation at some point.
- Author Tract: Shaking the Habitual is largely inspired by the band's views on feminism, economics, and the environment. The packaging even has a satirical comic about the UN planning to end extreme wealth.
- Epic Rocking: 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 Base Breaker.
- Jump Scare: "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.
- Larynx Dissonance: 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).
- New Sound Album: Certainly the difference between the relatively upbeat Deep Cuts and Silent Shout is a heavy case of musical Mood Whiplash.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Karin's voice can make relatively benign lyrics utterly terrifying.
- 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.
- Sanity Slippage Song: Like A Pen certainly sounds it, amongst others.
- Surreal Music Video: A particular favourite, especially for the songs from Silent Shout.