Album: THe Knife, Shaking the Habitual (Rabid)

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In the seven years since Silent Shout, Swedish siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer have ventured unfathomably far from the towering synth pop with which they made their name.

STH uses abrasive electronic noises to convey themes of desire, sex, gender and setting up home in an uncertain world, with often bizarre lyrics. It's long (nearly 100 minutes), strange, disturbing, uncomfortable, challenging. But it never fails to fascinate.