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If there was a definitive discography of classic albums, what should be in it? Host Mark Fraser from The Curator Podcast, and titans of Glasgow music/co-hosts David Weaver from Detour and Chris Cusack from Bloc, discuss and dissect perceived classic albums to decide which albums would make this list. Then, after we've talked it to death, we turn it over to you to decide once and for all via a handy poll. Cast your vote on our Facebook page and let's celebrate unsung classics.

 

Sep 20, 2019

The Knife are perhaps one of the most political bands we’ve yet covered on this show. Fiercely independent into the bargain, they’re probably one of the most punk bands we’ve had on this show too. Except they’re not a punk band. They’re anything but.

As an electro-pop band, their early stuff was a cool juxtaposition between breezy dancable pop tunes and a strange, subtle darkness. Sometimes both could be felt in the same song, but mostly their albums swung between both. It was only on Shaking the Habitual, their final, and longest album, that things finally came together.

Their sound truly evolved, taking in techno, EDM, industrial, drone and noise, all of which culminated in this epic double album. In Chris’ view, it’s as grand an artistic statement as any band have made. It’s challenging, dense, political, beautiful, brutal and absolutely uncompromising. It takes a little effort to get into, but we feel it’s an ultimately rewarding listen.

Is this their magnum opus as well as their Unsung classic?

You know what to do.