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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fever Ray

Fever Ray, aka Karin Dreijer Andersson, one half of The Knife, made this album of the culmination of work that began in 2007 when Karin and Olof, the brother-sister duo who are The Knife, decided to take time off from playing live shows. 

After having her second child and eight months of the most productive daydreaming later, Karin had a batch of new songs and the raw materials for the production of Fever Ray. Unsure how to get them over the finishing line, she took half to Christoffer Berg (who mixed The Knife’s work) and half to Stockholm production duo Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid for a final mixing.

The result is Fever Ray, an album that, while recognizably the work of the same artist, is dramatically different from The Knife. It’s still constructed on electronic foundations and embellished with traditional instrumentation (guitar here, congas there).

‘If I Had A Heart’ is the first single from Fever Ray: an eerie stirring mantra with a boundless loop, creating an intense haunting feeling reinforced  by Karin's chanting. A dark single from their already dark album. I highly recommend checking out the haunting music video, which is sure to send chills to any listener. The rest of the album is also noteworthy. 

Some people have been raving about the Fuck Buttons' remix. I'm not too wild about it but I'll leave that up to you to decide.

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