The Knife - We Share Our Mothers' Health

If the music world is filled with great injustices, the story of The Knife thus far is one of them. How many people are aware that the José Gonzales hit, Heartbeats, is actually a cover of a song by this oddball sibling duo? I know it could be deemed cool to say that the obscurish original is better than the interpretation used on a television commercial, but the fact remains that it is.

Anyway, despite both acts hailing from Sweden (seemingly the land of Ingmar Bergman and suicide), they couldn't really be more different: José with his acoustic guitar; The Knife indulging in the more avant garde end of electronica. We Share Our Mothers' Health is as good an introduction as any, bearing the pair's hallmarks. Singer, Karin Dreijer Andersson, sounds like Bjork transformed into an evil pixie - that is, before her voice is treated to resemble the giant from the top of the beanstalk. At the same time, the wildly oscillating electronic backing gives the impression of being composed by someone who's only just discovered a keyboard. (That'll be brother, Olof.) Add in cryptic lyrics and you have a combination that works like, um, apples and maggots.

Fine mixes by Trentemöller, Radio Slave and Ratatat all pull in different directions, while maintaining the dark spirit of the original. Fans of the band will enjoy - just don't expect any funky house. The video, created by Motomichi Nakamura, is also wonderfully strange and more than a little disturbing.

Silent Shout, the album from which We Share Our Mothers' Health is taken, was deemed unlistenable by Q magazine and duly awarded one star. You can take that as a recommendation.


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Last updated: 19/04/2018 04:55:20

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