The Knife's Shaking the Habitual Manifesto Is Now on RapGenius for You to Decipher
Last week, Swedish experimental pop duo The Knife released a deeply flummoxing and obfuscated (confusing) manifesto to promote their upcoming album, Shaking the Habitual. Now, someone cool* has uploaded the whole thing to RapGenius, a website that originally was meant for deciphering hip-hop lyrics but now is used for practically anything. Like, weird stream-of-consciousness rants about hyper-capitalism.
*It wasn't me. I promise.
If you have any idea what's behind lines like "at twilight something blurs over your shoulder" or "It's a walk in the pan pipes of the body," then you can do the rest of us crazed fans a favor and add your own, well-researched interpretations. I've gone ahead and done a few already, but my intuition could be off. Go here to challenge my feeble intellect and fervent fandom.
We do know, according to Pitchfork, Jess Arndt wrote it, not Karin Dreijer Andersson. But the manifesto seems to be an attempt to shake up the habitual (i.e. attack conformity and mainstream thought, I guess) just like their video for "A Tooth for an Eye" aimed to deconstruct images of maleness. Not sure how good a job of that it did, but whatever. It was interesting.
If that's not exciting for you, go back to caring about Mumford and Sons tour dates, you boring loser. Or watch this 10-minute short film for The Knife's newest single "Full of Fire." The Knife's new album, Shaking the Habitual is out April 9.
I also conveniently copy/pasted the whole manifesto for you right here: