The Knife, featuring Mt Sims & Planningtorock – Colouring Of Pigeons

Two good things happened last week: it continually snowed buckets all across the UK and in particular in London and its surroundings; and the Knife announced more details of the opera they are jointly scoring and released a teaser track that is nine minutes of unadulterated electronic brilliance.

The opera is called Tomorrow, In A Year, and is based on Charles Darwin writing his Origin Of Species – The Knife worked on the score alongside Mt Sims and Planningtorock, both Berlin-based solo artists who there or thereabouts make electro. It is not due out until March, with the double album soundtrack set to be issued on the 1st. The good news is that as you can hear from the song above, it should be worth the wait.

The track is more fragile, and sparse than anything produced by the Knife in their three studio albums, and has clearly been influenced by the work that singer Karin did with her stunning solo(ish) album in the guise of Fever Ray. In fact, it is her voice that makes the track stand out here – as it did on Fever Ray and the Knife’s last album, Silent Shout. Here, her yelps and squawks sound exactly how you would expect the vocals to sound if someone told you she was signing the arias to an opera – unique, demented and brilliant.

It is track more filled with space and more delicately arranged than anything I can imagine any of their peers producing – although the more the produce, the more unsure I am that the Knife actually have any peers. The photo above was taken during my own recent experiences of space and silence, of delicate arrangement and daylight fading. It was captured in woods deep within the countryside close to my home as the sun began to set and the chill night laid claim to the land, the low wind causing occasional flurries of snow to loose themselves from the leaves and disturb the wildlife.

Unusually for shotwithsound I am not making the MP3 above available for download as it is available to download for free from if you sign up to their mailing list. You can also find out more about the opera and the album here.

One final thing is that I changed the audio plugin I use on here as WP Audio stopped working – the MP3s still stream in post, but you now need to click the link to start the player.

You can hear more of the Knife’s beautiful music on The Knife

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