Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Knife

Workmate Mr. App occasionally turns me on to some fantastic music. This week he exposed me to The Knife, and loaned me their most recent album, "Silent Shout."

They're certainly not perfect -- they have a distinctive "recorded in our home studio" sound -- but there is something so unpleasant and honest about them that I can't help being charmed. The Swedish accents help, as do the vocalists who sound like detuned pixies who have been locked up in an abandoned asylum for far too long.

If it were more straight-forward it would be insufferably angsty. Fortunately it is not straight-forward.

Here's my favourite so far: "We Share Our Mothers' Health."