Following on from the enormous praise behind their recent singles ‘Like Butterflies’ and ‘A Tall Tale’, which saw them collaborate with Ladytron’s Helen Marnie, Scottish electronic trio Union Of Knives return to continue the support for their forthcoming new album, Endless From The Start, with the blistering opening track ‘There’s A River’.
Much like what we have heard so far, ‘There’s A River’ sees the group continue their venture into bold and cacophonous electronic compositions that ooze dramatic and atmospheric aesthetics. Filled with a raw and soaring trip-hop direction, and mixed with their own distinct approach to production, this new offering cements them as a strong and captivating name emerging right now.
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Speaking about the new offering, the band’s Anthony Thomaz said, “There’s a River is a song about going forward with clarity and pushing through the surrounding noise by simplifying the complex. A conversation to self.”
While songwriter Chris Gordon added, “If you like your dystopian soundscapes with a sprinkling of hope and a dream-like narrative then There’s a River is the track for you. ”
Union of Knives returned in 2020 after a 14-year hiatus following their 2006 rapturously received debut ‘Violence And Birdsong’. The band combines the pummeling urgency of industrial music with the cathartic release of ambient theatrics for a unique sound that mesmerizingly references goth, trip hop, and warped soul.
Endless From The Start is as diverse as it is uplifting, even in its darker moments the compelling sense of rhythm elevates a sense of shared spirit and mission to the fore. The voices underpinned by turn with swooping ethereal tapestries, foundation shaking subs, and twitching yet insistent beats, courtesy of drummer Peter Kelly (The Kills, Ladytron). There is an unrelenting unfurling of ideas and motifs.
About Union of Knives
Union of Knives are a Scottish electronic act made up of Chris Gordon, Ant Thomaz (Dope Sick Fly), and Peter Kelly (The Kills, Ladytron), with Ladytron’s Helen Marnie featuring on two tracks on their 2021 Endless From The Start LP. With Chris Gordon crafting and grafting at the centre, writing, vocal and musical duties are shared by Ant, and Peter. Ant grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and arrived in Scotland via NYC meeting Chris through production work, where their musical bonds became too compelling to ignore. Their debut album ‘Violence And Birdsong’ was released in 2006. Their track ‘Opposite Direction’ was synched in The Vampire Diaries and Grey’s Anatomy. Their 2007 sophomore album co-produced by Atticus Ross was shelved due to internal issues with the label. Since then Chris has been releasing music with many other projects and producing for other artists, Pete has been touring with the likes of The Kills and Ladytron while also developing his reputation as an artist (his art features heavily in Union of Knives visual output). Anthony was winging his way to Scotland via NYC, and officially joined the group in 2020.
Praise for ‘Like Butterflies’
‘Like Butterflies,’ is released today, and it definitively confirms their comeback is indeed a vital one. The song opens with chunky synths layered over something of a calypso/funk groove, which all brings to mind the likes of Talking Heads and Blancmange” – Blackbook Mag
“Playful, fun and something different from this Glasgow-based band.” – Vents Mag
“If Massive Attack experienced happiness for the first time, it would sound like this.” – Tonemill
Praise for ‘A Tall Tale’
“Soulful and melodic with a driving beat, it oozes quality. Finally, something about 2020 to celebrate.” – The Scottish Sun
“Very catchy, it’s a potential floor-filler – if there were any floors except kitchens floors to fill…” – Is This Music?
“The song’s exuberant house grooves and bold, danceable texture culminates into a track that is at once danceable and deep.” –MXDN
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