April 10, 2013 10:06

The Knife: 'Our new album asks, what can a protest song be today?' – watch

Mysterious band release mysterious interview tape

The Knife: 'Our new album asks, what can a protest song be today?' – watch

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The Knife have released a cryptic video named Shaking The Habitual - The Interview to promote the newly released album of the same title – scroll down to watch.

The 13-minute clip consists of cryptic imagery, ambient sounds, and the two band members Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer talking about their approach to music. It begins: "We didn't plan to make another album, we just wanted to do something, but had to find a purpose…". Elsewhere, Dreijer says "the lyrics are inspired by ''70s protest songs from our childhood, or maybe they pose the question, what can a protest song be today?".

The film was directed by Marit Östberg, who also directed the video for the band's epic single 'Full Of Fire' .

'Shaking The Habitual', released on Monday (April 8) and available to stream on The Knife's own website, is the Swedish duo's first album since 2006's 'Silent Shout' and features a guest appearance from Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum. Since the release of 'Silent Shout', singer Karin Dreijer Andersson released one self-titled album as Fever Ray, in 2009. In 2010 she and bandmate Olof Dreijer collaborated with Mt Sims and Planningtorock on the Charles Darwin-inspired opera 'Tomorrow, In A Year'.

The band are set to play two dates at London's Roundhouse on their forthcoming European on May 8 and 9. Tickets are onsale now. To check the availability of The Knife tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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