This morning, after over a year of silence, revered Swedish electronicists the Knife shared an appropriately enigmatic teaser trailer for what fans could only assume was a new album. SPIN can confirm that there is indeed a new album on the way — it's due spring 2013, and will be called Shaking the Habitual, according to the group's label Mute. (Pitchfork reports the record will be out April 9 and the duo will tour Europe on yet-to-be-announced dates.) Also, last we checked, via Dazed Digital, Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess is set to appear on one song. Though at the time, she said the new record would be out September 2012.
The Knife's members — brother and sister Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer — haven't been entirely inactive since their last studio album, 2006's intensely infuential Silent Shout (see: Purity Ring, Kate Boy, Sky Ferreira, et al.). Karin released a sonically similar but far more creeping eponymous LP as Fever Ray, Olof dropped a series of noisier EPs as Oni Ayhun, and the pair came together in 2010 to craft a Darwin-inspired opera dubbed Tomorrow, in a Year. But a proper full-length follow-up is long overdue.
Music can be so meaningless. We had to find lust. We asked our friends and lovers to help us: theknife.net— the knife (@theknifesweden) December 12, 2012
Perhaps that's the reason for the delay? The Knife's last original tweet came almost exactly a year ago. In April of 2011, they updated their site with a post about Romanian housing rights, and included the unadorned news that they were recording a new album with plans for a 2012 release. Mute promises more info in "the next few days" and "music very very soon," so stay tuned.