The Knife continues its 20th-anniversary celebration as the duo of Karin and Olof Dreijer revisit Deep Cuts, a Trojan horse of a pop record that dreamt of a revolution. To celebrate the record, the band today releases the digital format of “Pass This On (2005 7” Rip),” a live studio version of the track from The Knife’s first-ever performance. The song was initially included on the Pass This On special limited edition 7” vinyl released in 2005. Some early numbers of these numbered 7-inches are now available from the archive via the Rabid store. Purchase here.
“Pass This On” marked another crucial step forward for The Knife as they moved on from their DIY music video roots to embrace a more traditional filming approach alongside noted director Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, Chernobyl). Inspired by Karin’s love of Pedro Almodóvar films, the video features a drag artist performing for a group comprised of mostly men in a local meeting hall.
Reflecting on his work with The Knife, Renck says, “At times, in work, one is propelled into the holy enigma, taking ones experiences to previously unvisited paradigms. That’s exactly where you wish to find yourself; a place that is profound yet playful, idiosyncratic yet relatable, mercurial yet sharp as that blade. This realm brings forth the best of your inner life, and they created it. It is all about them. I have yet to encounter people I respect and admire more than Karin and Olof.”