Compared to the generation of artists today who share to the world via sites like Twitter every waking moment they have, one of the good things about The Knife is that they still leave something to the imagination. Fans wonder when they will release a new album to follow the success that was Silent Shout. And then 2009, Karin Dreijer Andersson released her outstanding Fever Ray album. Like Silent Shout, dark and brooding but epic in its beauty that gave me a shred of hope for The Knife to release a second album to continue on the glory of their discography. Since the weeks that they released streams of their album, Tomorrow In A Year, I’ve been listening and warming myself to the new aesthetic they applied to their new album- orchestral elements, and some quite unusual bits. Don’t get me wrong, I love some creativity and uniqueness but some of the tracks off their album are quite hard to appreciate. A week on streaming and consequent listens, the only track I give my thumbs up is their collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock, Colouring of Pigeons. I’m not saying working with Danish theater experimentalists Hotel Pro Forma can do this to a possibly great album nor do I suggest any thinking that the Dreijer siblings might have lost their touch. Their Darwin-inspired concept is good and well-thought out, but this new album is heavy that I had to press pause. And then, stop.
Listen to The Knife’s other tracks in Tomorrow in a Year via their Soundcloud account.
The Knife – Annie’s Box (alt. vocal)
The Knife, Mt. Sims – Variation of Birds