Silent Shout Vinyl
ARTIST: The Knife
The Knife reached yet another pinnacle with Silent Shout. After the effervescent, Eurodisco-tinged pop of their 2003 album, Deep Cuts, the Dreijers developed a dark parallel world on their 2006 follow-up. With menacing electronics rooted in early techno and identity masking via the art of pitch shifting, The Knife used their platform to subvert institutional structures and challenge social norms. They were a band with something to say and people were listening. For all its clean air, the isolated community they were raised in was suffocatingly patriarchal. The weight of gendered expectations almost too much to bear. In that context, Silent Shout is a protest album of sorts. Songs like "Forest Families" and "One Hit" gnash their teeth at the pressure that sexism, homophobia, and capitalism exert. The album's sometimes eerie interpretation of '90s techno and trance - a formative era for both siblings - proved the perfect foil for the stinging social realism of its song lyrics.