Silent Shout CD (2006)

Artist: Knife

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The Knife began making Silent Shout, their third album in March 2004. Recordings commenced in an old carbon-dioxide factory, then moved to the vaults beneath The Grand Church in Stockholm's Old Town. Olof and Karin planned to build a permanent studio underneath the church. But 15th century medieval brickwork and future-sounding art-synth-pop proved incompatible. "We had to move because of the poor sonics of the room," says Olof. "But mainly because it was so old the walls were falling apart so we had brick dust in our lungs." Retreating to the health and safety of their respective home studios, then a Stockholm studio complex, The Knife finished the album just as the huge exposure for "Heartbeats" was introducing the craft and magic of their song writing to a worldwide audience.

Silent Shout is an astounding achievement, intriguing and bewildering, enigmatic and engaging, and never less than compelling. "One Hit" is a gothic sea shanty, "Still Light" an electro/a capella hymn. "Neverland" is a thumping dancefloor anthem with a punchy lyric ("I'm dancing for dollars for a fancy man"). The twinkling starscapes of "Na Na Na" could be the work of a sci-fi Sigur Ros. The ghostly fairy tale atmospheres of "From Off To On" are utterly hypnotic, while the kinetic menace of "Forest Families" is frankly frightening. "They say we had a communist in the family, I had to wear a mask," sings Karin, to hair-raising effect.

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Label Caroline Distribution
SKU 202749462
UPC 724596932629
UPC 14 00724596932629
Format CD
Release Date 7/25/2006
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Author Knife
Credits
Featuring Karin Dreijer Andersson
Featuring Olof Dreijer
Artist Bio
The KnifeA snowfield, near a forest, round dawn, somewhere in Sweden. The Knife are art-directing the shoot for their new press photographs. They are wearing long black coats, long black wigs and masks that make them look like crows. Why? "If we could choose not to do any photos at all, we would," says Karin Dreijer Andersson. "But it?s quite impossible. Because I don?t think it has anything to do with the music. So we use the photos now to show what our music looks like.""It?s very cold and dark and suggestive maybe," says Olof Dreijer of the duo?s new ?image?. "We feel like that if we had been there with our plain faces, that would destroy the illusion of the music. So we tried to dress up as the music. Occult and dark but at the same time, funny."This is the world of The Knife: precise, particular, dark, occult, funny-peculiar, funny-ha-ha. This Swedish brother-and-sister duo work mostly on their own in splendid isolation; they release music on their own label, licensing it to selected partners around the world, so they have to answer to no one. They rarely play live because they?re still wrestling with the old conundrum of how to present ?computer music? in an interesting way on the stage.Within the steely electronic pop of their last album Deep Cuts lurked songs about women?s rights and the duty of good citizens to pay their taxes. For their last set of pictures they dressed as gymnasts. The Knife don?t do anything by half, and they don?t do anything twice. Compromise is the enemy, repetition a cop-out.Silent Shout is more focused than Deep Cuts, and not just because it features 11 tracks where its predecessor had 17. The songs are rich with detail, thoughts and ideas and innovations piled hard on top of each other. It may not make you want to dress up as a crow in the snow. But its jaw-dropping fusion of technology and emotion, circuitry and the soul, melodrama and melody, will leave you gasping.
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Artist Knife
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