Chances are, if you’ve heard Knifeworld, or even Cardiacs, you already know of you like them or not, and a review isn’t going to sway you. I’ve always found Knifeworld endlessly appealing, and they’re new EP, Clairvoyant Fortnight does not disappoint.
The EP is a lot more accessible than some of the band’s earlier releases. If this is your first dalliance with Knifeworld, I can easily see you falling in love. The self titled opening track sounds like a car crash of influences, moulding Sparks and Rush together to create Knifeworld‘s distinctive carnival nightmare sound. I don’t mean to use car crash in the pejorative, it’s just the only way I can describe the wonderfully chaotic blend they have created.
There’s always a lot going on in a Knifeworld EP, which is why it’s vital you don’t fall into the trap of listening to them passively. Pay attention, stay sharp and each new play through will bring its own rewards. There aren’t enough bands out there brave enough to create something this challenging, yet immeasurably listenable.
Clairvoyant Fortnight is released via Believers Roast and is available to buy from The Genepool.