Watch + Listen: The Knife Release Hyper-Sensory New Audio-Visual Experience For ‘We Share Our Mother’s Health’

Image by Lauren Evett

If you had the misfortune of not having seen The Knife live on their epochal Silent Shout Tour – on the heels of the release of their perception-shifting album of the same name – then you truly and sincerely have our deepest sympathies. Just three years earlier, David Bowie himself had opined to us that culture was essentially dead and finished, and there was little reason not to believe he was right. Yet when The Knife stepped onstage at New York’s Webster Hall on the evening of November 1, 2006, they were clearly keen to set about proving that we might yet have the course of our lives altered by art.

And now to spare us the work of hazy recollections, the sibling duo of Olof and Karen Dreijer have conjured a shiver-inducing clip from their April 12 show that year at Trädgår’n, in their hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. The specific moment chosen is a hyper-sensory performance of their equally hyper-sensory single ‘We Share Our Mother’s Health.’ It’s notable that the pair were and remain fierce warriors against capitalism’s exploitation of the planet’s precious resources; and as fifteen years later that fight is still being fought, the song retains a visceral, powerful relevance – with the lyrics artfully explicating the struggle:

“Say you like it (We came down from the north)
Say you need it (Blue hands and a torch)
When you don’t (Red wine and food for free, a possibility)
Looking better (We share our mothers’ health)
Shining brighter (It is what we’ve been dealt)
Than you do (What’s in it for me, fine, then I’ll agree)”

The music still pulses with enigmatic energy and a captivating urgency, at once primal and resolutely futuristic – with that primalness only emphasized by the intensity of Karin’s eerily haunted vocal performance. Alas, it would be nigh impossible to properly articulate what is happening visually onstage, which is likely why they’ve gifted this new clip to the universe, as a keen reminder that it is yet possible to reach such heights of cultural majesty and exigency.

It’s part of The Knife’s year-long 20th Anniversary celebration, which includes a blue vinyl pressing of Silent Shout, due out August 20 via Mute. View the video for the title track here.

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