So it’s happening. Or rather, it’s finally happened: The Knife are back. Back if not from the brink then the brief hiatus – Karin’s albeit effervescent Fever Ray divergence; the siblings’ minimalist opera centred around Darwin’s theory of evolution; whatever it was that Olof got up to in the all too protracted interim. Full of Fire (a preliminary glimpse into Shaking The Habitual, the pair’s fourth full-length anticipated April 8th) seemingly derives little from either Fever Ray or indeed Tomorrow, In A Year but instead encapsulates, or rather convincingly forecasts the genuinely petrifying sound of tomorrow in nine minutes, seventeen seconds. Beginning with an industrial pulse that’s motorik to the point of the pneumatic, it’s a reflection that’s anything but as garish as this, the lead single’s lurid sleeve artwork seen above in lo-res ignominy. Thus this peep into their artistic future together is therefore less bright and orange in hue, than it is dark and disquieting, bearing only a negligible semblance to the duo’s past: after innumerable listens, some of the nebulous forms and that insistent throbbing of Like A Pen emerges as about its closest previous, though even these hallmarks have been pummelled and dinged ’til they resemble a withered ogre of a thing, sporadically pounded further by static-addled snarls of what sounds an explicit. Originally materialising via, though since vanishing from, Juno Download the track was hacked up into eighteen gunky thirty-second hunks, imbuing it with a greater ability to discombobulate as you were never quite sure how far in you were though streaming in full and officially (finally) below, stoke the flames of intrigue and, as Karin implores in its intelligible opening moments, go form your own opinion.
The Knife play two sold out dates at Camden’s Roundhouse this coming May, on top of a long-awaited appearance at this year’s Primavera Sound.