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What the Knife’s New Album, Which is Streaming Now, Sounds Like

Music

What the Knife’s New Album, Which is Streaming Now, Sounds Like

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Ghosts, leaking ceilings, Matthew Barney’s CREMASTER cycle, what Girls‘ Booth Jonathan wishes his dopey video installations were, the part in Apocalypse Now when Martin Sheen finally arrives upriver, if the Transformers majored in queer theory and started a band, a fracking drill made sentient that wishes it wasn’t stuck miles below the Earth, walking into thousands of spider webs in the dark and clumsily trying to navigate your way out, the stamps from The Crying of Lot 49, the inevitability of inertia, the college radicals who annoy you a little bit even as you’re beginning to agree with them, an abandoned screen door slapping against its frame during a tornado, the logical progression of a pretty-sounding band that’s tired of sounding pretty, the closest approximation of what it feels like to be on drugs without actually being on drugs, the mission statement of a band that knew they didn’t need to come back but here they are. Shaking the Habitual is awesome, and you can listen to it over at Pitchfork.