Wednesday, August 16, 2006

We're back!!!

No, Chik Chik Chik isn't back. Just Rob(hopefully) and I. Due to a constant lack of motivation and utter laziness, nothing new has been posted in a month. Since Rob and I love (and hate) lists so much, I'm going to start what I call a "neverending mixtape." This feature will highlight what Rob and I decree as the best in new music. I know what you're thinking: "isn't that just like Pitchfork's recently instated infinite mixtape?" Well, yeah...kinda. Except I had to say "neverending mixtape" instead of "infinite mixtape" to avoid confusion and copyright entanglement. Besides, it was a great idea and I don't think Ryan and Co. would mind a little healthy competition. Also, The Canon will return later this week. Without further ado:

Neverending Mixtape #1

The Knife - "We Share Our Mother's Health"

The Knife are an electronic duo from Sweden comprised of siblings Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson . Their particular brand of electronic music is dark and haunting, but unmistakably melodic. Think of a mash-up between Bjork and Aphex Twin. They also claim to be more influenced by film than music - particulary David Lynch. This would account for the sweeping, desert-noir vibe in many of their songs. If that's not alluring enough, check out their promo pics:

"We Share Our Mother's Health" is from their new album Silent Shout (currently my soundtrack for aiding lesbian amnesiacs and finding severed body parts). The song's insistent beats richochet through squelching synths and the duo's throaty incantations. Karin sings like a Nordic version of the Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser which adds to the song's glacial beauty. On the other hand, Olof just sounds...Nordic. Karin handles the majority of the vocals on this song (and the rest of the album), but Olof's voice adds a nice dichotomy to the song. There are more ambient, gossamer songs to be found on Silent Shout, but "We Share Our Mother's Health" will get your blood moving.

And what would a blog be without a relevent youtube link:

The Knife - "We Share Our Mother's Health"


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