The Knife, brother and sister team Karin and Olof Dreijer, made their musical debut in 2000. Twenty years later, the Swedish siblings have successfully solidified their status as two of the most influential electronic artists to emerge in the early aughts. Karin and Olof managed to carve out a niche for themselves through their extreme sonic experimentation and their uncompromising commitment to their ultra-progressive political ideologies, which they often weaved into their lyrical and visual content. Their unabashed rule-breaking has given their work a timeless quality, and although they disbanded in 2014, their legacy lives on. I was fortunate to see them live once in 2014 in Oakland for the farewell Shake The Habitual tour.
“Christmas Reindeer” was released in December 2006 as a freebie by The Knife in December of 2006 and was available for download on their website. Originally recorded 2000 and released on their debut album, “The Knife”, as “Reindeer”; “Christmas Reindeer” tweeks the original by adding bells and removing the guitar solol. Written from the reindeer’s perspective, I’m pretty sure this Blitzen or Vixen or Donner is not a big fan of Santa. It’s a somber and dark song but one that I would be more than impressed with is if some carollers turned up at my doorstep with this one.