Track of the Week: Behind the Bushes by The Knife

This week’s track is Behind the Bushes by The Knife, off of Deep Cuts. I’d peg the album as a whole an electronica synth / electropop work. It’s best known for the song Heartbeats which appeared in some TV commercials apparently.

This track stand out though. It’s free of vocals and free of any kind of dance beat. The backing sound is a set of strings with the melody played by a flute (I seem to be picking a lot of flute music recently). Nearly through most of the song there’s no rhythm section with the exception of a faint drum section as the song creschendos.

The thing that pulled this one to me is how craftily it’s placed in the context of the rest of the album. All sorts of electropop/discopop and them — bam — a melodic exploration of strings, flue and synth. It stands up well on it’s own, but it’s even better when listened in the context of the album as a whole.