The Knife are a Swedish band made up of siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson, who also performs solo as Fever Ray, and Olof Dreijer.
As a group the Knife seem to operate in an interesting space. I would venture to say their more electro-pop style of music has situated them within particular audiences.
The band announced that, in collaboration with Mt.Sims and Planningtorock, they would be writing an opera for the Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma. The opera, titled Tomorrow, In A Year, is based on Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species.
‘Colouring of Pigeons’ is an 11 minute frequently-discordant opus featuring operatic squalls, much percussion and Karin’s unique voice along with Kristina Wahlin Momme and Lærke Bo Winther.
For the project, Karin and Olof researched Darwin literature and opera in general;seeing as they had no idea about it beforehand. Olof even attended a field recording workshop in the Amazon to record sounds.
The Knife announced that they were recording a new album to be released in 2012.
While meanings are subjective and the work of the Knife is particularly cryptic, the content of their music addresses issues of gender and social inequalities.
On stage they often wear neon Blue Man Group-esque jump suits and surround themselves with gothic video projections. In their press photos they have donned bird beak masks, known to be worn by medieval doctors.Their most recent album, and masterpiece, Silent Shout is a fantastic voyage into the heart of darkness that reveals it’s magnificence slowly over time.
Check out this live clip of the band and enjoy!!