Swedish brother-sister electronic duo The Knife dropped “Silent Shout” on unsuspecting audiences in 2006 and it remains a high point of musical boundary-pushing and exploration, a moody, strange record that just happens to be wholly brilliant. The Knife’s singer, Karin Dreijer Andersson, ventures on her own with Fever Ray, and though the sound is eerily similar to her work with her brother, it still manages to exist as its own bizarro masterpiece, as Andersson so effectively distorts her vocals to sound simultaneously dead and alive. The self-titled record, which came out much earlier this year, is a more mellow endeavor than “Silent Shout,” but works much in the same way, changing the world around you as soon as you press play. Encompassing headphone music, uneasy, not afraid of the casual hook, the choruses acting as beacons of light within the chilly air. The Knife’s live performances are reportedly unforgettable—there’s no reason to believe Fever Ray won’t match them. (Tom Lynch)
October 3 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark, (773)549-0203, at 9pm. $25.