#24. The Knife - Heartbeats

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As 2009, and the decade come to a close, PMA will be looking back at our favorite songs of the last ten years. We will update a list with 75 empty slots until we reach that song that changed everything. You can keep track of this list by keeping an eye on this page. We make these lists in hopes that you guys will chime in the comments and share your favorite musical moments of the noughties.

For many people, myself included, "Heartbeats" was the wonderful introduction to one of the most mysterious and riveting musical acts of the last ten years. With "Heartbeats", Swedish brother and sister electronic outfit, The Knife inject a rainbow of color into an otherwise bleak lyrical canvas.

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Karin Dreijer Andersson, in that Bjork-esque, shrill, deep tone of hers, painfully tells the tale of two lovers with "one night of magic rush ... one night to push and scream" that led to a ten-day love-affair, only to eventually drift away, "sharing different heartbeats".

With forward-thinking production and metronomic finesse, the Knife gave us a redemptive and remorseful love song that effortlessly packed in one of the most beautiful and tender electronic scores we've come across over the last ten years.

You might say this song is even better live:


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