Seven years after their masterpiece Silent Shout, The Knife are going to come up with a new album in April. Today, they released the video for the first single Full Of Fire. The video actually is a nine minute long short movie by Marit Östberg, who is a director for feminist porn movies. More after the jump.
When I interviewed Karin Dreijer Andersson from The Knife at Berghain back early last year she already told me about the Electronic Opera project about Charles Darwin’s evolution theory that they had been working on with the performance group Hotel Pro Forma. Sadly I missed it when it was finally performed in Dresden in the fall. A week ago it was on stage again in Stockholm and a few friends and I took the chance and booked a flight to see it.
I am not an expert on Operas and on modern dance. And to be honest I’m not a big fan of either of them. But this production was really amazing for me. The combination of the dark electronic tunes of The Knife that strongly remind me of Fever Ray with high pitched Opera singing really goes under your skin.
For those who did not get a chance to see the Opera Tomorrow, In A Year they released a studio version of it that I can warmly recommend. It is a collaboration of The Knife, Mt. Sims and Planningtorock. It is available only at theknife.net and will be in stores early March. After the jump you can see a trailer of the Opera and prelisten to the album.
Oh and btw: Rumor has it, that The Knife’s Olof Dreijer is working on a new electronic Opera that will premier at Berghain very soon.
photo by Jesper Frisk
When we climbed up the stairs to the first floor of the Berghain the show had already started. Over the heads of the crowd I could see a cloud of smoke coming closer. Antique lamp shades were blinking in the background and gave a harsh contrast to the industrial concrete cathedral. Laser beams shot from the stage and were reflected on several mirrors behind us. Silhouettes of strange inhuman figures slowly moved in the smoke to the hypnotic music of Fever Ray. In the center of the stage a horned creature with glowing fingers sings in a skewed voice. It’s Karin Dreijer – one half of The Knife and guest vocalist of Royksopp – in her creepy stage costume, the center piece of the show.
Nothing of that appearance reminded me of the blonde beautiful woman I had met earlier that day in an office at the top floor of the building. When we talked about the tour she already hinted that this will be more than just a concert – it will be a show that will stimulate all your senses. And she did not exaggerate. Read on for the interview and more live photos after the jump.