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The Knife - Silent Shout

The Knife, Silent Shout

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

SWEDISH brother-sister duo The Knife are probably best known as the inspiration behind Jose Gonzalez’s Heartbeats (you know, the track used in the Sony advert featuring the bouncing balls in San Francisco).

Heartbeats was, after all, a cover version of The Knife’s original.

No doubt buoyed by the success of that single and its connections, the siblings now release their third album, Silent Shout, an ethereal collection of edgy dance tracks that certainly bring something different to the dance genre.

The Knife are renowned for working in isolation and recordings commenced on Silent Shout in an old carbon-monoxide factory before moving to the vaults beneath The Grand Church in Stockholm’s Old Town.

The result is a collection of acid-tinged dance tracks, many of which contain pulsating dance beats and haunting, Bjork-like vocals.

Title track and opening record Silent Shout begins things in suitably take-notice fashion, emerging as an atmospheric, autobahn-style effort fuelled by sharp stabs of synthesizers and more haunting female backing voices.

We Share Our Mother’s Health begins with some experimental synths before dropping some really strong beats and some warped, bouncing electronic samples. It’s a definite highlight, complete with eerie vocals.

The short but effective Na Na Na evokes memories of Duran Duran’s The Chauffeur instrumentally and showcases a mellower, more beautiful side to The Knife, while there’s an ethereal ambience to Marble House which is certain to draw comparisons with Bjork vocally.

From Off To On conjures images of snowy Antarctic landscapes thanks to its simplistic beats and whispered vocals, making it an excellent companion piece to album closer, Still Light, which similarly soothes and impresses due to its stripped down values.

Not everything works, of course, with tracks like One Hit failing to register as strongly as the album’s best work, but on the whole this is a pleasantly impressive album that takes a slow but gripping hold of your subconscious.

Track listing:

  1. Silent Shout
  2. Neverland
  3. The Captain
  4. We Share Our Mothers Health
  5. Na Na Na
  6. Marble House
  7. Like A Pen
  8. From Off To On
  9. Forest Families
  10. One Hit
  11. Still Light