Union Of Knives
Union Of Knives – made in Glasgow: Get a map out and draw a line that joins Canada's Arcade Fire, Iceland's Sigur Ros, Norway's Royksopp and come to rest at Scotland's Union Of Knives. What do all these places have in common? Short days and long nights. Music and sound born out of extreme environments and cultural diversity. Glasgow and Union Of Knives, two rough diamonds of the north, inextricably linked. You're going to like this album very much indeed.
"Violence and Birdsong" is the culmination of 2 years of hard graft. For a debut album it feels very accomplished. The balance of youth and experience, tough and melancholic, vibrant and nostalgic – there's lots going on here. On stage Craig Grant (vox/keys/guitar) and Chris Gordon (vox/guitar) play dual frontman roles, supported, like a see-saw on an axis, by Dave McClean (sounds and beats). In the studio each member is autonomous, lyrics, beats, melodies and ideas come from everywhere.
Clearly standing out from the crowd, Union Of Knives make music that is an amalgamation of steely hard electronics, soaring melodies and an unexpected tenderness. Emotive lyrics sit happily alongside industrial beats. "Evil Has Never" is a lament to a love that just can't work. "Opposite Direction" channels the power of prime My Bloody Valentine. And I Decline, lead track on their recent EP was described by The Fly thus: "Seriously epic indie arrangement and weighty melodicism, (the I Decline EP) traverses decades and genres". Forthcoming single "Taste For Harmony" is simply beautiful.
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