Album Review: Knifeworld – “The Unravelling”
Pack up your ears and leave your mind behind, Knifeworld are unleashing a new album, and it’s gloriously odd. Led by former Cardiac/current Gong(er?) Kavus Torabi, Knifeworld released their last album Buried Alone: Tales of Crushing Defeat five years ago, and have since kept the faithful sated with regular musical snacks in the form of EPs, but now the fans can gorge on The Unravelling and boy, what a sumptuous feast it is.
Best described as prog-pop, Knifeworld weave warm melodies into their tangled web of psychedelia-infused music, making even the most challenging tunes on The Unravelling a pleasure to listen to… until you hear the lyrics, which live in a world somewhere between Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King. Opening track I Can Teach You How To Lose A Fight tempts you in with beautiful keyboards, before transforming into the soundtrack to your nightmares. The ‘pop hit’ of the album comes in the form ‘Don’t Land On Me’, which is one of the first songs that was made available to hear, acting very much like a Trojan horse, being as it is one of the most straightforward tracks on the album.
This record is at its best however when it’s slightly unnerving, and things reach a creepy zenith on the subtle electronic sounds of The Skulls We Buried Have Regrown Their Eyes, which bubbles along on a melody that will make you hide in the cupboard, with appropriately skin-crawling sound effects in the background.
The Unravelling is a triumph in the kind of odd, psychedelic prog-pop that Torabi and Knifeworld have become synonymous with, and long may they continue.