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The Knife, Planning to rock & Mount Sims - Tomorrow, In A Year

The Knife, Planning to rock & Mount Sims - Tomorrow, In A Year

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Pre Order Released 20/08/21

The Knife continues its 20th anniversary celebration as the duo of Karin and Olof Dreijer announces the first-ever vinyl pressing of their work Tomorrow, In A Year. The 180-gram double vinyl edition will be released August 20. Pre-order now via Rabid Records here.

 In 2009, The Knife was commissioned by the Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma to provide music for an opera set to mark the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Joining Karin and Olof as collaborators were Mt. Sims and Planningtorock. The studio recorded versions of the compositions were released as Tomorrow, In A Year in 2010 by Rabid Records. 


Karin: “We were invited by this Danish performance theatre company ​called Hotel Pro Forma ​to make this piece. And we knew it was supposed to be performed in the Danish Royal Opera House in Copenhagen.”

Olof: “The theatre company wanted to make an opera about evolution theory and Darwin ideas. And they asked if we could make music for that. We entered that project thinking, Of course, it’s important to talk about Darwin’s impact on fascism in Europe.​ It is as important as the colonial history of Europe — how Darwin’s ideas were misused to promote fascism. But throughout the project, it became clear that [the theatre company] was not interested in that. They were interested in biology and geology.”

Luckily, Karin and Olof had asked their friends Mt. Sims and Planningtorock to write the opera with them. Together, they wriggled free from conceptual potholes. Instead of bowing to the traditional form’s grandiosity, the collaborators went granular with their sonic palette.

Karin: “You were very into field recordings at this time.”

Olof: “Yes, a short period. Which, actually, I just think is silly. Who gets to say that recording this sound in nature is art? It shows the hierarchy of contemporary art. Not everyone can say that a recording of the wind, or whatever, is art.”

In conjunction with their 20th anniversary, Karin and Olof are offering new insight into their catalog in reverse chronological order. The snippet above is from an August chat the pair had with journalist Ruth Saxelby about their approach to the theatrical production.

Please note: Vinyl editions are expected to ship on August 20, 2021. Due to Covid-19, vinyl turnarounds are currently unpredictable and there is the possibility that product will be affected by delays. Customers will be updated in the event the shipping date changes.

Tomorrow, In A Year Tracklist

A1. Intro

A2. Epochs

A3. Geology

A4. Upheaved

A5. Minerals

B1. Ebb Tide Explorer

B2. Variation Of Birds

B3. Letter To Henslow

B4. Schoal Swarm Orchestra

C1. Annie’s Box

C2. Tumult

C3. Colouring Of Pigeons

D1. Seeds

D2. Tomorrow In A Year

D3. The Height Of Summer

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