Apr 8, 2006

Under The Knife

Polly Morgan - Still Life After Death (2005)

Polly Morgan is a postmodern taxidermist who sculpts animal flesh into intriguing, complex images that necessitate an intimate reflection beyond traditional, passive museum observation. Polly transcends the dissecting, stuffing, and mounting skill of her collegues by supplementing the usual technique with an injection of human thoughtfulness into each animal. Her final product exudes a personification that transforms morbid diaramas into scenes as tranfixing as live dramas.

The Knife is another band I found earlier this year sifting through the animal-masked talents at Gorilla vs Bear. This strange Swedish duo sounds like they stepped off a plane from the late 80s only to be run over by the botoxed-hollow glitz bus that is our current "drawing too much inspiration due to lack of inspiration" scene. Fortunately, The Knife is much more complex than trendy electrofake and their understated mystery will be overlooked by the fans of the aforementioned. This is for those who like their pop with a dash of darkness.

The Knife - Heartbeats (mp3) [A classic... checkout a live performance of Jose Gonzalez's cover via Prefix]

The Knife - Silent Shout (mp3) [A track from the new album that came out in March... checkout the crazy video]

Checkout their sound at myspace or their new album at your local record store (Strictly Discs or B-Side in Madison).

Polly Morgan - Rest a Little on the Lap of Life (2005)


At Tuesday, April 11, 2006, Anonymous Mart said...

The Knife video is cool.Tim Burton meets Tool.

At Friday, April 14, 2006, Blogger Kyle said...

Yeah definitely! The faces remind me a bit of Chris Cunningham's work. I guess the director is Andreas Nilsson, the same guy who did the original Heartbeats video. More info here.


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