If you exclude compilations, rereleases, and future releases, The Knife's Silent Shout may be my favorite album of 2006 so far. Not that I'm the only one.

The LP definitely snuck up on me, as I wasn't expecting too much. Their previous record Deep Cuts, while expertly titled, wore out really fast (the steel drums gimmick got old quickly). That is, except for single "Heartbeats", which should be required to play at every school dance ever (while Jose Gonzalez's sapped cover should be banned). But Silent Shout is undeniably engaging; dark, ominous, curious, surprising, and extremely catchy to boot.

The album was released in the US this week (I was psyched to get a hard copy in the mail), so here are a few collected links featuring the Swedish duo, taken over the past little while.

» Cold Cuts
FADER interviews the Knife.

» Pitchfork Interview

» Beatz by the Pound #013: Bloodless Sawteeth
Stylus reviews excellent single "Marble House" in their techno column.

» The Month in Techno: The Knife
Philip Sherburne's March column focuses on the uniqueness of the album.

» Silent Shout website
Mini-site features videos for both "Silent Shout" and "We Share Our Mother's Health".

» The Knife
The Knife's website.

» MySpace - The Knife



Anonymous said...

i've actually haven't had the chance to get to The Knife's Silent Shout .. only because their 2003 Deep Cuts has been stuck on repeat for weeks now ! brilliant stuff.

Putty said...

Yes! I'm totally with Sam, Deep Cuts is so much fun. I'll have to be brave and venture into Silent Shout soon though.