‘Alhambra, Baby’ by Hot Knives
Exclusive premiere of ‘Alhambra, Baby’, from the upcoming debut album by Brooklyn-based trio Hot Knives. ‘Making Love To Make Music To Make Love To’ releases May 7, 2021 and it’s modeled after the legendary Spacemen 3 album.
Hot Knives make music to honor the myriad manifestations of love within and without us. Love is a psychedelic garden with many different strange fruits and blooms. To crib from those original hedonists, the ancient Greeks, we see romantic love as a pure analogue to the sudden zap of clarity one sometimes enjoys in the thick haze of an experimental odyssey. Nerves, doubt, and distraction fall away. Everything that led up to this moment feels easy and inevitable, and only joy remains. Take a walk in the garden, spin ‘Alhambra, Baby’ with the one you love, and watch in awe as smoke rings turn into arabesques and the red palace crystallizes within our cloud of holy noise.
‘Making Love To Make Music To Make Love To’ is Hot Knives’ first full-length effort, a result of providence, and the end result of years of practice, planning, and meditation. The album drips with the beauty and voracity of its rock and roll forebears while pushing into uncharted sonic territory.
Following a mystical experience that opened a channel of communication with the rock gods themselves, Hot Knives was tapped by the ghost of Jimi Hendrix to bear the torch of rock and roll. Songs like ‘Cosmogony’ and ‘Metanoia’ were divinely inspired straight from the source, while cuts like ‘Static Bloom’ and ‘How to Recognise Different Types of Trees’ surfaced through near-telepathic, focused collaborative writing.
As the concept gained momentum and Hot Knives developed the sound, the album transitioned from a home-recorded DIY project to a full studio experience that conveys the transcendence, intensity, and depth of a Hot Knives live set.
By a stroke of luck, a cold email to Sonic Boom (of Spacemen 3, Spectrum) resulted in vivid, mind-bending art that provided a visual aid that appropriately complements the album. The album will have a limited vinyl release of 100 on coke-bottle wax. ‘Making Love To Make Music To Make Love To’ is due out May 7th.