Swedish electronic music duo The Knife have been pretty silent since, well, their last record Silent Shout in 2006. But on April 9th the brother and sister duo will parachute down from the heavens of dance music and drop their fourth record Shaking the Habitual. No one knows what’s in store for the new record except that it’s going to be 100 MINUTES LONG. And aside from being extra long, if their new single “Full of Fire” is any indication Shaking the Habitual is also going to be experimental, LOUD and full of bass. Are you ready?
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If you’re not familiar with The Knife, and even if you’re a die-hard fan, “Full of Fire” might seem a little strange at first. The first single from the record, above, is not necessarily as easy to swallow as the band’s breakaway hit “Heartbeats,” one of my favorite songs ever. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less awesome. Compare the two to see what I mean. “Heartbeats” has groove, but “Full of Fire” has ambition. There’s no real melody, a lot of dissonance, static, and in general it just kind of sounds like the whole world is going to end. Fantastic! That’s what makes the song exciting because it pushes the seams of what “pop music” can be.