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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, Rovi
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Track List: Raging Lung (Hannah Holland Remix) (Single)

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And then, later, she transforms into Fever Ray. Nice. With haunting videos.
Don't read this because it actual works. You will be kissed in the nearest possible Friday by he love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put thus on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works.
Love,love The Knife<3
It was nice of Pandora to have the Silent Shout album. Google Play Music doesn't have it :(
High talent, but almost impossible to enjoy.
ttoups7
Live and Original!!
ttoups7
Heartbeats.. . . . . ! !
Love love LOVE this song, and there's something so much more about the live version, my sister danced to this at her wedding
Royal Teeth covers this better
So much depth. Awesome band. Been a favorite since High school.
@applylibera l l y . . . I never thought about it before, but now that you mention it, I see what you are saying...the Lauper thing...cool
Whoaaaaa, they are awesome.
Teagan & Sara?! Srsly? Oh, you only listen to Heartbeats, duh.
Reminds me of Tegan & Sara
Love it...memorie s ;) I just wanna dance
To the guy who said f**k Jose Gonzalez, you need to check your ears man. He's an amazing musician. His project called Junip is awesome too.
If you ever get the chance to ... I recommend watching one of their concerts on YouTube ... They are beautiful audio/visual displays. Very moving. Gives me the chills.
kristin_equi
Sinead O'Connor
I wonder if I am the only person thinking of a hypnotically revised Cyndi Lauper when listening to Heartbeats? Something about the way she sings good enough...
Yeah, Pandora gets lyrics so wrong it is absurd , sometimes.
spike_64_0
@roverfish:
Lyrics Licensed & Powered by LyricFind Inc.
But I'm still not sure how to contact LyricFind to tell them they're wrong. I have seen other misattribute d songs.
roverfish
Note to Pandora: 'Heartbeats' was written by Olof and Karin Dreijer of The Knife in 2002. Yes, Niladri Kumar (2008) has a song of the same name...C O M P L E T E L Y UNRELATED.
miguchi912
vibrato like in a way but romantically beautifully sad.
This. is. super.
this brother and sister combo are real musicians. they're fabulous.
brianorion76
If Nicolas Winding Refn makes the sequel to Drive, he needs to use this song.
she also sings this must be it by Royksopp. She's also the singer of Fever Ray and if you want to go way back, Honey Is Cool.
alex.kerbaug h
she sings in the song what else is there by Royksopp :)
yoniva1
love them and this song! her voice reminds me of Royksopp
kaitlinbowma n
This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight.
kev5440 you are the type pf person who would have hated their operah. stupid american. music is art and we must push forward, try new things and never settle for what is expected of us. thats what the new album is all about.
As weird as her voice is, I like it a lot.
It's so perfect for their songs.
The Knife cuts so deep.
This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry This freaked me out This isn't fake
The new album is awful. You might like it if you didn't like the other awesome The Knife albums.
And Dillon Jorgensen stfu you are annoying go listen to some more Taylor Swift.
The new album is amazing and sidebar f**k Jose Gonzalez and anyone else's heartbeat covers for that matter God damn you can't cover The Knife. I'm getting off subject STH is brilliant favorite tracks are Without You My Life Would Be Boring and Raging Lung.
Great.
Sounds a little like John Cale very soothing first time I've heard the Knife I like it..
Jose Gonzalez- Heartbeats cover of this
Ugh this is annoying.
Dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary beacause it actually works
Heartbeats is just an awesome song. I love all of the different layers you can hear throughout all of The Knife's music.
This song is off the hook, really I can't understand the words
Yes.
After years of being an admiring fan, I finally get to see The Knife! Oslo, are you ready for what's about to be unleashed?
New album comes out soon. I've been such a fan for a while.
It is very 80's. I thought it was Siouxsie and the Banshees.
very '80's but isn't everything these days? love it still!
Yup
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