Though bittersweet, the Knife's decision earlier this year to call it quits after 15 years seemed like a sensible conclusion to a musical career that was quickly resembling a runaway mine car. After all, where else could Karin Andersson and Olof Dreijer take a project predicated on such reckless abandon? The only thing stunning about this bit of news was the tidiness of the announcement, or that the Knife bothered with any announcement at all.
Formed in 1999 by the Swedish siblings, the Knife released their underrated self-titled debut in 2001 and made their breakthrough two years later with Deep Cuts, an album of tawdry, neon-soaked excess that spawned their biggest hit, the joyous "Heartbeats." Following the post-rave phantasmagoria of 2006's acclaimed Silent Shout, the duo spent the next seven years largely absent from the music scene (with the exception of 2010's Darwinian electro-opera Tomorrow, In a Year). They returned last year with Shaking the Habitual, which was either remarkably ahead of its time or antiquated in stone. Where else could they go from there except to honorably fall on their swords?
The Knife began their final round of shows last night in Stockholm, then follow that with five dates across Europe, culminating on November 8th in Reykjavik at Iceland Airwaves. To celebrate, we took a look back at the Knife's catalogue to compile a list of their very best tracks.