The Knife are to release a studio album of the Danish opera that they composed the music for.
Released on March 1, the recording of Tomorrow, In A Year saw the electro-pop duo research the life and works of Charles Darwin, whose book ‘On The Origin Of The Species’ is the main inspiration behind the opera. The band’s Olof Dreijer also attended a field recording workshop in the Amazon to find inspiration for the project and to record material.
The opera was commissioned by Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma and is a collaboration between The Knife and Berlin-based acts Mt. Sims and Planningtorock.
Dreijer admitted that he had initially been struggled with the idea of working in an area he knew little about. “At first it was very difficult as we really didn’t know anything about opera,” he said. “We’d never been to one. I didn’t even know what the word libretto meant.
“But after some studying, and just getting used to opera’s essence of pretentious and dramatic gestures, I found that there is a lot to learn and play with.”
Album track ‘Colouring of Pigeons’ is streaming and is available to download at Theknife.net.
The tracklisting for Tomorrow, In A Year is:
‘Ebb Tide Explorer’
‘Variation Of Birds’
‘Letter To Henslow’
‘Schoal Swarm Orchestra’
‘Colouring Of Pigeons’
‘Tomorrow In A Year’
‘The Height Of Summer’
‘Annie’s Box (Alt. Vocal)’