EDITOR’S PICK: The Knife, “Full of Fire”

The Knife - 'Full of Fire'

The Knife - 'Full of Fire'It’s finally here; it being the first single from Shaking the Habitual, the long-awaited return of The Knife. Now available over at iTunes, the nearly 10-minute track is a blistering, pressure-cooked club banger that also happens to deal with thorny issues like gender politics and power dynamics. (Sample lyric: “Liberals giving me a nerve itch/ Now living/ And always moving/ Not a vagina/ It’s an option/ The cock/ Had it coming.”)

Here’s what director Marit Östberg–a Swedish artist best known for her role in the controversial porn compilation Dirty Diaries–had to say about the short film she created to accompany the track…

The film ‘Full Of Fire’ started to grow as an embryo in the song´s lines ‘Who looks after my story’. Who takes care of our stories when the big history, written by straight rich white men, erase the complexity of human´s lives, desires and conditions? The film ‘Full Of Fire’ consists of a network of fates, fears, cravings, longings, losses, and promises. Fates that at first sight seem isolated from each other, but if we pay attention, we can see that everything essentially moves into each other. Our lives are intertwined and our eyes on each other, our sounds and smells, mean something. Our actions create reality, we create each other. We are never faceless, not even in the most grey anonymous streets of the city. We will never stop being responsible, being extensions, of one another. We will never stop longing for each other, and for something else.

The Knife - 'Shaking the Habitual'

The Knife, Shaking the Habitual (Mute, April 9th):
1. A Tooth For An Eye
2. Full Of Fire
3. A Cherry On Top
4. Without You My Life Would Be Boring
5. Wrap Your Arms Around Me
6. Crake
7. Old Dreams Waiting To Be Realized
8. Raging Lung
9. Networking
10. Oryx
11. Stay Out Here (F/ Shannon Funchess + Emily Roysdon)
12. Fracking Fluid Injection
13. Ready To Lose