The Knife “We Share Our Mother’s Health” -The Knife’s previous LP Deep Cuts is a hard act to follow, if just because it contains a song (“Heartbeats”) which could very well be the most sublime single of this decade to date. The Knife pretty much shrug off the pressure on Silent Shout, making a lateral move away from the skewed, romantic pop of that album towards a sound that takes their distinctive production aesthetic to a much darker, creepier place. Nearly everything on the record sounds eerie and unnerving, if not outright malevolent. Imagine chopped and screwed Siouxie and the Banshees or Throbbing Gristle’s “Hamburger Lady” reworked for a goth disco, and you’re about halfway to the general feel of the record.
The High Violets “Cool Green” – I was walking down an unfamiliar street in Astoria last night listening to this song, and just after the 120 Minutes-in-1988 intro, right when Kaitlyn ni Donavan says “My God, how beautiful!,” a gorgeous, unobstructed shot of midtown Manhattan came into view in the space between two buildings. It’s fairly easy to walk around here and not see the skyline, so when it pops out of nowhere like this, it can seem even more magnificent than usual. Everything about this moment of synchronicity was ideal, right down to the level of light in the sky. Set against a deep, starless navy blue backdrop bracketed by two mundane lowrises in the foreground, the white lights of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings appeared to burn with an unreal intensity.