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A brother-and-sister duo hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, the Knife take inspiration from vintage synth pop and forward-thinking electronic music, crafting a sound that is equally unsettling, playful, and beautiful. Olof and Karin Dreijer formed the Knife in 1999 and worked on their music in their home studios, releasing their first single, Afraid of You, in 2000 and their 2001 self-titled debut album on their own Rabid Records label. In 2003, the Knife were nominated for two Grammys, one for Best Pop Group of the Year and one for Best Pop Album for their second album, Deep Cuts. However, the Dreijers boycotted the ceremony, sending two people in gorilla costumes to protest the dominance of male acts in the music industry. They also released the Hanna Med H Soundtrack later that year. In 2004, the Knife began work on their third album in unusual locations, including a former carbon dioxide factory and the vaults of Stockholm's Grand Church, before finishing their sessions in a more conventional studio. The following year, José González's cover of the Deep Cuts single "Heartbeats" (which was from his 2003 album Veneer) appeared in a commercial for Sony's Bravia and became a hit, earning more acclaim for the Dreijers outside of Sweden. Early in 2005, the Knife performed their first-ever live show at London's ICA, appearing with Rex the Dog (who also did a remix of González's version of "Heartbeats") and playing in front of video created for the event by artist Andreas Nilsson. His work also appeared on How I Found the Knife, a DVD/CD set that included all of the band's videos, short films, and remixes, which was released that summer. The Knife and Nilsson teamed up again for the video for the title track of the group's third album, Silent Shout, which was released in early 2006 in Sweden and that summer in the U.S. (by Mute) and U.K. (by Brille). The Knife's darkest, most ambitious work to date, the album featured singles such as We Share Our Mother's Health, which included a mix by Trentemøller. The duo played a handful of European, Scandinavian, and North American dates in 2006, accompanied by more of Nilsson's visuals. That fall, Mute reissued The Knife and Deep Cuts. The Knife's next project was Tomorrow, in a Year, an opera commissioned by the Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma and inspired by Charles Darwin's On the Origin of the Species. Working with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock, the duo recorded the album in Berlin, Stockholm, and Copenhagen over the course of 2008 and 2009. During that time, Karin Dreijer also worked on her own project Fever Ray with producer Christoffer Berg; the self-titled debut album arrived in 2009, and Tomorrow, in a Year was released in 2010. Early in 2013, the Knife released a new song, "Full of Fire," and announced their fourth album, Shaking the Habitual. Another single, A Tooth for an Eye, arrived before the album. An unsettling 90-minute meditation on topics including politics and the environment, Shaking the Habitual was released that April. The Knife returned the following June with Shaken Up Versions, a mini-album of some of the band's songs as they performed them on the Shaking the Habitual tour. ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
The Knife

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    13 songs

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    Shaking the Habitual [2 CD]

    11 songs

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    Silent Shout

    14 songs

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    The Knife [Bonus Tracks]

    8 songs

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    Shaken-Up Versions

    5 songs

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    Without You My Life Would Be Boring

    10 songs

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    Silent Shout

    16 songs

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    Tomorrow, In a Year

    3 songs

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    Let's Talk About Gender Baby, Let's Talk About You and Me

    6 songs

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    Marble House

    7 songs

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    Like a Pen

    20 songs

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    Deep Cuts

    17 songs

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    Deep Cuts [Import Version]

    5 songs

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    Silent Shout

    11 songs

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    The Knife

    5 songs

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    We Share Our Mother's Health

    4 songs

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    Ready to Lose/Stay out Here [Remixes]

    26 songs

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    Deep Cuts

    1 song

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    Full of Fire

    1 song

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    Tooth for an Eye - Single

    2 songs

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    Seeds

    10 songs

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    Silent Shout: An Audio Visual Experience

    16 songs

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    Tomorrow, In a Year

    43 songs

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    Silent Shout [2CD + DVD] [Deluxe Edition]

    4 songs

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    Pass This On

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Top Songs by
The Knife

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Heartbeats
  3.   Silent Shout
  4.   Full of Fire
  5.   Reindeer
  6.   A Tooth for an Eye
  7.   Like a Pen
  8.   From off to On
  9.   No No No
  10.   Still Light
  11.   Forest Families
  12.   Marble House
  13.   Ready to Lose
  14.   Pass This On
  15.   The Bridge
  16.   A Lung
  17.   You Make Me Like Charity
  18.   I Just Had to Die
  19.   Neverland
  20.   One for You
  21.   Stay Out Here
  22.   Networking
  23.   Crake
  24.   Wrap Your Arms Around Me
  25.   A Cherry on Top
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    Metropolitan Mood

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    Indie Sleepover

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    Marketplace Music

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    Rock The Halls

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    Alternative Chill

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    Indie Hits


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