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The Knife - Full of Fire

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Seven years since their last release together as a duo, The Knife have already cemented their place in indie pop culture. Which makes us feel a little inadequate as an indie and especially “Nordic” music blog without having a say on The Knife’s return to music video glory with their latest track “Full of Fire”. Although every indie blogger in my knowledge will probably be screaming of excitement over this, it’s not surprising to say that The Knife have made a reputation of ones to disturb and perturb your thoughts, which is exactly where their latest video lies. Starring The Knife’s Karin and Olof (and even Lykke Li’s backing vocalist Zhala among a bunch of other peculiar characters), “Full of Fire” directed by Marit Östberg, dabbles in the song’s underlying political feminism and struggles of gender inequality, often employing lewd and off-key imagery to provoke a response. As director Östberg claims, the video “is a  network of fates, fears, cravings, longings, losses, and promises”. Given their reputation, The Knife have sort of become the Radiohead of Sweden, the song and video often taking pride in being conceptually weird. Stretching over nine minutes long, “Full of Fire” is an exceptionally uncompromising track. Lacking the catchy pop hooks or the instant likeability of a more conventional track, it instead relies on its repetition and non-relenting sound, to carry out its anti-conformist sound. Their upcoming album “Shaking the Habitual” is out April 9th, 2013. Honestly speaking, we’re a tad confused on the whole thing.

Check out the video below (NSFW):

Lykke Li - Jerome (The Lost Session)

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Uploaded earlier this February, Lykke Li pulled from the dark this spectacular performance of song “Jerome”. With only a few keys and a glockenspiel to provide the melody, Lykke powers over the minimal and sparse melody with her vox. Also seen on vocals are Zhala (Zha Zha) Rifat and Mariam Wallentin of Wildbirds & Peacedrums.

Enjoy the video:

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CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH SWEDISH POP ARTIST ZHALA

Signed to Robyn’s label, Zhala Rifat approaches her musical presence as a conceptual, ‘cosmic pop’ journey of self-discovery.  Live, she often performs in front of Kurdish or Swedish flags in a purposeful attempt to blur her identity, which, being born in Stockholm to Kurdish parents, she says she was perpetually forced to negotiate as a neither blonde-haired nor blue-eyed child in mid-‘90s Sweden. (Pitchfork)

Seriously though, every vid is worth it. Check out Zhala!