The Knife

Today, the Knife release Shaking The Habitual, their dark and overwhelming new double album. And now they’ve teamed with director Marit Östberg, who also helmed their “Full Of Fire” video, to make a 13-minute short film about the album. In the video, the two siblings in the group take turns talking about the album, its themes, and the ideas underpinning it in prewritten and intricately plotted-out fashion, while Östberg flashes creepy non-sequitur images onscreen. And if you’ve yet to take on the vast album, its music plays constantly in the video, offering a relatively digestible starting point. Watch it below.

Shaking The Habitual is out now on Mute.

Comments (4)
  1. It’s really them talking in the video? Kinda have a feeling there’s two actors reading lines…
    (asking this cause I’ve never heard a single interview with The Knife, so don’t know their real voices)

    • I think it’s them… I mean a lot of what they explain in the video is how they’re doing things differently. They talk about dropping the masks, being too comfortable behind them. So as a part of “Shaking the Habitual” I think they’re shaking their habit of mysterious identity. Pulling back the veil and letting it all hang out. I mean that’s definitely Olof and Karin in the video, so why not their voices too?

      It’s always good to be skeptical on the Internet! But I think it’s them.

      • Yeah, I feel like that’s Olof’s voice. I’m not really sure *why* I think that, maybe in the one or two interviews with them I’ve seen they didn’t pitch shift his voice too far from where it is naturally?
        I wasn’t expecting Karin’s voice to sound like that, though…

        Also, is that the lady from the First Floor Power show at 11:26?

  2. Hate to be so negi, but I find this whole thing to be incredibly self-important, self-indulgent and pretentious. I know they think they’re really making a difference/statement, which is like, adorable and all, but none of this is new conceptually or from an execution standpoint. I like a couple songs because they’re just fun songs to listen to, but there are lots of people talking about these issues in large open forums (and there have been for years) and I fail to see why people think this is all so revolutionary. Guess I’m just a mindless zombie mainstreamer if I’m not ‘shaken’ by this ‘bold’ concept and album, but so be it.

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