The Five Best Covers of The Knife
  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012

  • Posted by: Matt Howard

It seems as though The Knife's announcement of their first full length album in nearly seven years, Shaking The Habitual, was the biggest news in music this week. The duo of Swedish siblings unveiled the news with a menacingly dramatic video that looked like an undergrad's creative cinema project brandished with the following description:

Music can be so meaningless.
We had to find lust.
We asked our friends and lovers to help us.




It's been seven years since Silent Shout, but that doesn't necessarily mean we haven't been hearing fresh takes of the group's tunes. To celebrate the April release of Shaking The Habitual, let's look back at some of the best covers of The Knife's classic material.

Jose Gonzalez - "Heartbeats"



This sublime cover of the Deep Cuts opening track was made famous by the most amazing commercial ever.


First Aid Kit - "When I Grow Up" (Fever Ray Cover)



While it's not a cover of The Knife per se, it is of Fever Ray, which the solo project of Karin Dreijer Andersson, aka one half of The Knife.


Ellie Goulding - "Heartbeats"



Ellie's voice sounds pretty swell in her own rendition of "Heartbeats."


Lykee Li - "Silent Shout" (Live at Lollapalooza 2011)



SHAKY CAM ALERT! But the intro is divine with percussive chaos.


Royal Teeth - "Heartbeats"



We met these guys back at CMJ, and their leading lady does a damn good Karin.


Watch the following on Baeblemusic:

First Aid Kit Live at Rockwood Music Hall
Ellie Goulding Live at The Bowery Electric
Lykee Li Live at The Bowery Ballroom
An Artist Interview with Royal Teeth

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