Album of the Week: KNOWER - KNOWER FOREVER | 2023 Week 22
Seven years since their last album, Louis Cole & Geneive Artadi return as KNOWER and they’re here FOREVER + new records from Body Type, DZ Deathrays, RVG and more!
We’ve been hungry for a new KNOWER album for a while now, with the ridiculously talented LA-based duo of Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi’s last album together, Life, released way back in 2016 before dropping standalone singles in 2018 and 2020.
Last year saw both artists release individual albums (with Louis Cole’s Quality Over Opinion being our Album of the Week upon release), and following two equally awesome KNOWER singles this year, I’m The President and The Abyss, the funky, jazzy, poppy, beat-driven pair are back and here to stay with fifth album, KNOWER FOREVER.
I say “funky, jazzy, poppy, beat-driven pair” as that’s about as accurate as their music can be described, refusing to be pinned down and generally just doing whatever they want - which when you’ve got the chops of these two is about all we can ask for. Rooted in jazzy, funky, alternative sounds, KNOWER draw on everything from dance music to orchestral string arrangements and modern indie pop, all with their signature synth sounds as well as Cole & Artadi’s unmistakable drums and vocals respectively.
As we’ve come to know (pun intended) and love from these two, the record features some insanely gifted collaborators and fellow mainstays of the “new weird LA” scene, including Sam Wilkes and Mononeon on bass guitar, Jacob Mann and Rai Thistlethwayte (shout out Thirsty Merc!) on keys, Sam Gendel on sax and others jumping on the record.
Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait FOREVER for their next album!
The best of the rest of this week's records:
Beach Fossils - Bunny [Bayonet Records] USA
Body Type - Expired Candy [Poison City Records] AUS
Rock / Indie
Bully - Lucky For You [Sub Pop] USA
Rock / Indie
DZ Deathrays - R.I.F.F [DZ Deathrays] AUS
Rock / Punk
Protomartyr - Formal Growth In The Desert [Domino] USA
Rock / Post-Punk
RVG - Brain Worms [Ivy League Records] AUS
Alternative / Rock
Speakers Corner Quartet - Further Out Than The Edge [OTIH Records] ENG
Experimental / Alternative
Surprise Chef - Friendship EP [Big Crown Records] AUS
Funk / Soul
Women of Soul - Feel Good [Women of Soul] AUS