The Knife releases art for new album - Reverb

The Knife releases art for new album, single and video expected this week

The Knife has released album art for its upcoming, 2013 release. Artwork courtesy of the Knife.

The Knife has released album art for its upcoming, 2013 release. Artwork courtesy of the Knife.

By Erik Myers

One of the most anticipated albums of the year finally has a cover. The Knife revealed the artwork for the upcoming “Shaking The Habitual” on Sunday afternoon. This precedes the release of the electronic duo’s first single, “Full of Fire,” along with the video for the song, both of which are expected this week.

The album cover isn’t as striking as, say, that of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ new record, revealed earlier this month. Honestly, the pithy pop art is plain for an album expected to depart from the duo’s earlier works. The track list, which was released last week, is 13 songs strong with a run time of 98 minutes, twice as long as the Knife’s last proper full-length “Silent Shout.” It’s indicative of a sustained predilection for expansion and aura, first heard on Karin Andersson’s debut as Fever Ray and then even more apparent on the act’s collaborative crack at opera, “Tomorrow, In A Year.”

“Full of Fire,” for example, is nine minutes long, not exactly exemplary of the pop perfection many expect of the Swedish duo. But when the track leaked last week, it came with a high production music video, both of which have since been stamped out by the band’s label. This packaging suggests that The Knife ais going for some mainstream appeal with the single. A catchy pop core isn’t inconceivable; this is what the radio edit was made for.

Keep your eyes peeled on Reverb this week for the official debut of “Full of Fire.”

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Electronic blogger Erik Myers is a Denver-based writer and new contributor to Reverb. Follow him on Twitter.

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