Floating between the stunningly sweet voice of Nola and some cold yet colourful synths and guitars, the message is also a statement since the lyrics are inspired by the case of rapist Brock Turner:
I wrote the first verse to ‘Knife’ the same day I read [Turner’s] sexual assault victim’s letter that she read to him in court. So you can imagine my state of mind. At that point, the song didn’t have a title, nor was it really even a song. Once we got into the studio, things continued to develop and the core of its meaning took on something more personal. For me, ‘Knife’ is about a frustrating co-dependent relationship with an ex from years ago – one of those long stories best told with a stiff drink in a dimly lit bar. It might mean something different to Dave.