Shaking the Habitual - MUTE
FILTER Grade: 78%
By Kendah El-Ali on April 8, 2013
It would be fascinating to have tea at the Dreijer household. The parents that spawned The Knife, the brother-and-sister duo of Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson, indeed must be a curious pair. Famous for slicing out superior dance—and even pop—tracks set against a harshly disturbing artistic backdrop that’s fueled with anti-capitalistic fervor, the siblings return after a seven-year hiatus with Shaking the Habitual. Shimmering in demented glory and psychotic beats, the album partially lives up to The Knife’s flawless splendor. The other half, however, really sounds like orcas; strange orcas, doing strange things—sometimes maybe even nitrous and acid—under the sea. It’s hard not to miss the days of 2004’s Deep Cuts with this album, as more than a decade into their career, The Knife’s sound and vision—and the members’ unrelenting oddness—seem to slightly buckle under the weight of their idealism. Nobody really loves orca music that much.