A Tooth For An Eye, The Knife.

A Tooth For An Eye, The Knife.

If 2012 was widely regarded as the year of Death Grips, then 2013 already looks set to belong to Scandinavia’s omnipotent sibling duo The Knife who, having already stoked the flames of intrigue with Full of Fire last month, here return with a second glimmer of their fourthcoming full-length, Shaking The Habitual. Close as I’ve since kept the former to my heart, it’s A Tooth For An Eye which will surely have all attentions firmly locked back in on Karin and Olof Dreijer as they do away with the unabating agitation of its sprawling, lost-marble nine-minute predecessor in favour of an African-infused, though still minimalist romp. Of course having previously reworked Emmanuel Jal’s Kuar, Olof is no stranger to the whole savannah vibe though never before has he manipulated it so meticulously, nor to such fascinating impact as he does when he interweaves it with claustrophobic cirque samples à la Alegría which here return on what is, astonishingly, a quite ebullient recording. Clanking, motorik and intimate all at once, it’s a knowingly effective return to irrefutable form which, quite inescapably, has us longing for their live return this coming summer that bit harder…

The Knife play two sold out Roundhouse dates, alongside an appearance at this year’s Primavera Sound.

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