Anonymity is a difficult thing to maintain these days. But Swedish duo Kallblod are doing their best to keep themselves enshrouded in a fog of vague information while performing their psych-pop synth ravings in skeletal bird masks. Known by their stage names of Runaway 2K and Raspberry Mozart, the two musicians are making music possessing both introspective subtleties and overtly emotional realizations. Indebted to the wobbly and wonderful irregularities of ‘60s psych and ‘80s pop music, they build an incredibly persuasive musical perspective, avian paraphernalia and all.
The group had previously released their debut single, “Bone & Cream,” back in September, and from that first offering, Runaway 2K and Raspberry Mozart quickly developed a fanbase fascinated by the ways in which they blend and mutate their respective influences. With their twin creativities spanning decades, their work is unpredictable and imbued with a restless rhythmic spirit.
On their latest single, “Knark,” the duo combine beautiful piano and string rhythms with a plainspoken exploration of the decline and aftermath of a particularly devastating relationship. We hear of the bad choices made as a result of this emotional ruin. Buoyed by martial percussion and a melody that you could see from space, the song documents ache, regret and the shattered reality which is left in the wake of this kind of trauma. It equate the abuse of love with the damaging abuse of drugs, a parallel to which many heartbroken people can attest. The accompanying video realizes this loss in tangible form as it shows the narrator watching the subject of his former affection becoming physical with their new love. The clip then shows us Runaway 2K and Raspberry Mozart dancing and performing, which does seem to provide some measure of solace for that broken heart.
“What happens when two people who have been close to each other go their separate ways? There is a dissonance,” Runaway 2K explains. “A rip in time and space, an alternative reality is lost.”
“One can abuse most things,” Raspberry Mozart elaborates. “Even so, one thing is holy. Therefore we’ve named the song ‘Knark.’ Which is Swedish for drugs.”