The Knife are fearless. Difficult to categorize and always following the beat of their own drummer, The Knife have “carved” out their own niche of weird delectable electronic pop. The band went on hiatus in 2009 while singer Karin Dreijer Andersson released her debut solo album under the moniker, Fever Ray. The album went on to become a massive critical success and has become highly influential to a new crop of electronic artists. You would think with such new-found success, she would continue with a followup album, however, she has returned to again record with brother Olof Dreijer for their fourth studio album, Shaking the Habitual. A Tooth For An Eye is the second video to be taken from the forthcoming album.
Diamond Rings is Canadian singer John O’Regan from Toronto. It’s Not My Party is off his debut album that was released last year. The album has got a lot of buzz and may be worth pursuing if you like this track. I am not sure if the video is a morality tale of what can happen if you go out alone and mix alcohol and dolls, or if it captures the essence of self discovery within the confides of isolation and alienation. But whatever you take from it, it is a beautifully shot although I am not sure why he is singing with a bruised eye when in the video he is hit and is bloodied in the mouth. The video reminds of another video, The Knife‘s, Pass This On, which also features the theme of crossdressing, but instead of a bar, takes place in what appears to be an inhouse rehab center. It may very well be where Diamond Rings will be heading after his night of debauchery. The Knife need no introduction and are truly innovators in electronic music. In addition to The Knife, lead singer Karin Dreijer Andersson has also provided sublime vocal work for Röyksopp and whose side project Fever Ray released one of the most buzzed about albums of last year. So who wins? Ultimately, in this bout the winning blow comes from The Kife because whereas in the Diamond Rings video, crossdressing leads to a bashing, in The Knife’s version, it encourages acceptance and understanding. I guess I am an optimist here, because I think that is ultimately the better message.
The Knife – Pass This On