The Knife are back and they sound pissed! Or turned on! Or both? I can't tell. Either way, April 9th marks the release of Shaking the Habitual, the duo's first proper studio album since 2006's Silent Shout. This morning, the band released the official video for leading single "Full of Fire," and man, it's a punisher. The nine-and-a-half-minute-long track sounds something like being chased by a swarm of robot bees into a tree chipper, and the video, directed by the queer feminist artist Marit Östberg, takes that tension and turns it sexual. Check the NSFWish video, plus the director's statement, after the jump.
The film 'Full of Fire' started to grow as an embryo in the song´s lines 'Who looks after my story'. Who takes care of our stories when the big history, written by straight rich white men, erase the complexity of human´s lives, desires and conditions? The film 'Full of Fire' consists of a network of fates, fears, cravings, longings, losses, and promises. Fates that at first sight seem isolated from each other, but if we pay attention, we can see that everything essentially moves into each other. Our lives are intertwined and our eyes on each other, our sounds and smells, mean something. Our actions create reality, we create each other. We are never faceless, not even in the most grey anonymous streets of the city. We will never stop being responsible, being extensions, of one another. We will never stop longing for each other, and for something else.