The Skull Defekts Discography
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The Skull DefektsWhen the Skull Defekts entered the studio in the Spring of 2013 with nothing more than a collection of loosely organized riffs, they set out to record their most extreme, challenging rock record. Much to the band’s surprise, what emerged were their most incessantly listenable, approachable songs to date. The Defekts merge the coarse vitality of punk with the ritualism of folk dances to create music that is addictive, wondrously discordant, and rooted in a belief in the overwhelming power of pure sound. Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown is the Swedish group’s third release as a quintet, with the legendary Daniel Higgs joining Joachim Nordwall and Daniel Fagerstroem on vocal duties and acting as the group’s spiritual ringleader. The Defekts have long acted as the backbone of the Swedish experimental underground, but since their 2011 breakthrough Peer Amid, the group has emerged at the vanguard of a new wave of radical Scandinavian rock music alongside Iceage and the Posh Isolation label.
From the opening patter of “Pattern of Thoughts” to the propulsive chants of “Cyborganization,” Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown feeds on the tension between lean and bright song production and the hefty, sometimes surreal sounds produced by Nordwall and Fagerstroem’s guitars. Daniel Higgs’ spontaneous, metaphoric poetry is as perplexing as ever, but it is delivered with a clarity not heard since his days fronting Lungfish. Album centerpiece “The Known Unknown” is centered around a driving riff, with Nordwall turning the song’s title into a mantra as intense as it is transcendent. Throughout, the group anchors their riffs with exotic sustained chords, adding a distinctly Carnatic flavor.
Nordwall’s long history in the European experimental music community serves to reinforce the group’s place as one of the most forward-thinking rock bands working in the continent today. In addition to running iDEAL Recordings since 1998, Nordwall has released collaborative recordings with Mika Vanio of Pan Sonic, Kevin Drumm, and Mats Gustafsson, whose FIRE! Orchestra he recently joined. Although the Skull Defekts have ceased to perform or record noise music, that adventurous spirit is still a dominant part of their music.
The Skull Defekts will tour Europe and the US as a quintet.
Dances In Dreams of the Known Unknown keeps getting overwhelmingly positive reviews. This time The Quietus and The 405 weigh in.
"Undoubtedly one of the most inventive albums you will ever hear. If there is any justice, we will be talking constantly about this album in years to come"(10/10) - Louder Than War
Joachim had a nice long chat with The Quietus , discussing the Defekts upcoming album, tours, and relationship with their "spiritual leader" Daniel Higgs.
"What hasn't got as much attention is how menacing, dark and dangerous the Skull Defekts sound....It's not a pretty album, but it will evoke reaction n either side of the coin. And there's no doubt about--or ignoring--that." - Magnet (8.5/10)
Danny recently had a chat with Noisey Sweden.
"Sweden's Skull Defekts have Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown on deck for Thrill Jockey, a new collection of badass post-punk tracks that feature the jam 'The Known Unkown'…the song is propelled by tribal-like danceable rhythms, droning second guitar, and a sick almost-Sabbath-y lead melody." - Noisey
The Skull Defekts are touring the US in late April / early May.
The A.V Club gave the world afirst look at the video for "Awakening Dream". Scope it!
The Fader premiered "It Started with the Light" , a new track from Dances in Dreams of the Known Unkown.