Fever Ray’s first album in 8 years is now released on Rabid Records. Trailed by ‘From The Moon And Back’ last week, Plunge is an album that falls somewhere betwen the ambience of Karin Dreijer’s first Fever Ray album and The Knife’s heady percussive electro.

Plunge was largely recorded in Karin Dreijer’s Stockholm studio in collaboration with the producers Paula Temple, Deena Abdelwahed, NÍDIA, Tami T, Peder Mannerfelt and Johannes Berglund. Physial formats will follow in February and there will be live dates too in 2018.

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Here’s an accompanying blurb while you listen:

It is a joy to meet you. I don’t know how to feel about that. But already my repetitions are beginning. Do I confuse itch and ache? Here’s this helpful quiz to discover which it is, dedicated to a global team of heartbroken self-diagnosers that stretches from the threadbare social democracies in the north to the liberated markets in the west. The object of the song is love and the subject of the song is loss, or object and subject are genetically alike. This is how it sounds, the excavated voice, the archaeological dig one thousand or eight years into the future, when the bodies preserved in this auditory mud have become exemplary of their time and can no longer hurt or help each other. Then I will know how to love you and be loved by you.

The song, the lover, is interested in objectifying itself, herself. The lover objectifies herself as music. The song is a prosthesis that extends like a limb into the gut and pulls out the half-digested heart, it’s kind of gothic and kind of a shame. I learn gratefully in music that the decision to fall is harder than the fall itself, the anticipation of falling; I’m embarrassed by gravity is what I mean by “I put on weight”. The parent and the lover momentarily blurring, then some kind of travel sickness, and later I am home without remembering what happened. It used to bother me that violence is as intimate as love, but I see that you have resolved that problem by dissolving the two each into the other. Whatever is important to hide must be important. Whatever is important to forget.

Listen! I’m looking for a girl who stands 10 feet tall and has teeth like razors; I’m looking for a girl who could play the bored receptionist in the lobby of the afterlife, crossing the river of forgetting every morning and evening and back into the world of the living, where I will wait with flowers and an assortment of adult toys. Could this be you? I’m looking for a girl to affirm my reality, or cancel it. Me: I am beautifully dressed. I am a reflective surface. I am the president. Welcome to my body, my building, the border. The escalators only go up. You get down again by throwing yourself off the roof. And the song’s refrain there to catch you if you’re lucky. Listen! Sex is work, love is work, work is sex, work is love, the magical conversion of “is” given impossible power by its delivery in music. We have travelled together these minutes and years now and I am hopeful that we have finally solved this complicated problem of how to become… Even now at my age, preserved as an example in this perfect slab of ice, can you believe I am still waiting to become real? I had a plan for how sex or at least some kind of heartfelt physical intensity could save us but I threw it off the roof along with the body and it fell into the silence that limns the edge of the song.

Inside the architecture of repetition that constitutes both a song and a life, taken objectively and not subjectively, there are resonances, assurances, bonds and securities. Sex and music stand guard over a shared silence under the noise, either because there is nothing or too much to say. It is still possible to negotiate between pain and pleasure, on the vanishing edges of pain and of pleasure, as if cutting a deal, the best deal, a beautiful deal. There are no simple binaries, and I don’t only mean gender, that’s old news; I mean that I am radiating and obsessed with the daydream hurt that I imagine your voice alone could cause me, now that I live in its zone, and I am too far gone to distinguish between sharpness and softness.

Baby, I hope one of us will hypnotise the other. Then the one less hypnotised will kill the other. The after everyone is dead and we establish the scene, the next beginning, ending, beginning, ending. A pattern can only last its own forever and the song on repeat follows me around the city. The heart is the bloodiest organ and its rhythmic pacing and growling troubles the perception like movement at the edge of the vision mistaken for a creature. It is too early to fall in love, but all of history has happened and now there seems to be only the remainder to be arranged and rearranged. “We waited far too long.” It’s OK, everyone is here now.

*Fever Ray thru Hannah Black, October 2017*

Posted on October 27th, 2017

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Fever Ray – To The Moon And Back

After some teasing of her first new music in 9 years earlier this week, Karin Dreijer formerly of The Knife has returned to her solo Fever Ray project.

Far from the somewhat disturbing visual we saw yesterday teasing the song, ‘To The Moon And Back’ is the closest thing we’ve had to The Knife since they split in 2014. The song has the familiar electro mechanised beat and Knife-esque synth. It also has the line ‘I want to run my fingers up your p**y’ which on Spotify is given an Air Horn mix. The video for the song keeps things weird as the visuals proceeding it with a cryogenically frozen Karin reanimated.


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Everything Is Recorded feat. Syd & Sampha – Show Love

Two of the best contemporary voices in R&B, The Internet’s Syd and Sampha get together with XL boss Richard Russell for yet another memorable track.


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Smerz – No Harm

The Norwegian duo on XL Recordings made one of my favourite songs of 2016 and here they keep things odd and inviting.


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Jens Kuross – Spiraling

Recent New Artist pick returns with a gorgeous brooding piano ballad.


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King Krule – Biscuit Town

It’s hard to pick a highlight from The Ooz, Archy Marshall’s new album as King Krule. My current favourite is the album opener which has a beat that sounds like it’s falling down the stairs on repeat as the lyrics slip deeper still – “He left the crime scene without the Motorola / still had dreams of being young Franco Zola.” A fine descent into one of the album’s of the month and possibly year.


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Mind Enterprises – Idol

The creator of one of my under-rated albums of 2016 returns with an Italo twisted pop song. There’s also a Prins Thomas Diskomix, always a good sign.


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Giraffage & Japanese Breakfast – Maybes

From San Fran producer’s new album Too Real, his collaboration with Michelle Zauner aka Japanese Breakfast is an immediate warm cup of sonics, like a gentle EDM track that works. The album dropped today on Ninja Tune’s sublabel Counter Records.


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DJ Seinfeld – Time Spent Away From You

Previews of Mr lo-fi house himself’s forthcoming album on November 3rd have raised expectations for an already buzzed about artist. Tracks like this proves their is substance beyond the style and movement tag applied to the Swedish producer.


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Badbadnotgood – I Don’t Know (feat. Sam T. Herring)

A bonus collaboration between the nu-jazz Canadians and Future Islands singer after their fruitful get-together on the IV album last year on ‘Time Moves Slow’. Future Islands may as well be Future Irelands as they arrive to play Donnybrook next year. This track has a beautiful 70s soul quality to it.


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Floating Points – Ratio

Anything Sam Shepherd does is worthy of a listen and as it’s Friday, why not indulge in the 18 minute version of this live favourite as opposed to the 3 minute one.


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Posted on October 20th, 2017

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After some teasing of her first new music in 9 years earlier this week, Karin Dreijer formerly of The Knife has returned to her solo Fever Ray project.

Far from the somewhat disturbing visual we saw yesterday teasing the song, ‘To The Moon And Back’ is the closest thing we’ve had to The Knife since they split in 2014.

The song has the familiar electro mechanised beat and Knife-esque synth. The song also has the line ‘I want to run my fingers up your p**y’ which on Spotify is given an Air Horn mix. The video for the song keeps things weird as the visuals proceeding it with a cryogenically frozen Karin reanimated

Teaser shared yesterday:

Posted on October 20th, 2017

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Karin Dreijer Andersson’s Fever Ray project looks set to return very soon following the posting of a hotline number (where you can leave a message after the beep) and a short video teaser themed on a dating service.

The Karma Kinksters video is here to watch (and contains explicit language).

The former Knife musician released her debut Fever Ray in 2009.

Posted on October 16th, 2017

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Just as I thought that Electric Picnic was beginning to lose its magic, It exceeds my expectations once again. Some highlights:

Fever Ray obliterating an memory of her prior appearance at Oxegen. My mind ascended into the green lasers and descended as dry ice. A magical immersive experience.

Monotonix – Dirty Y-fronts wearing Tel Aviv punks who look like proper Robinson Crusoes doing a Dan Deacon (except they were probably doing it first) and playing in every corner of the Cosby tent. At one point, the drummer ran outside with a part of the drumkit and played on the grass before running back in. There were stage dives and lots of ” we respect the rules” behaviour. So glad I saw this band.

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Posted on September 7th, 2010

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The Gabriel-penned ‘Mercy Street’ will appear as a 7″ single on Rabid later in the year. Said Fever Ray:

We made it more intense and faster to fit our eccentric percussionists and energetic live musicians. It is a monotone track but we worked with the dynamics trying to make it sparkle. I listened to it a lot when I was around 15, and it still moves me. It made me start reading Anne Sexton too.”

Fever Ray – Mercy Street

Download it via NME.

Posted on August 19th, 2010

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Matthew Barney style. Or Lady Gaga style. Whatever you’re into.

The award was for best dance artist at P3 Gold in Gothenburg. [via]

Posted on January 25th, 2010

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Yes, it’s still list season. As State kicks off its Top 50 of the year, here are my own top 30 albums of the year in four-page epic form.

30. Channel OneSound to Light
29. ClarkTotem’s Flare
28. The Phantom Band Checkmate Savage
27. MicachuJewellery
26. DM StithHeavy Ghosts
25. The Holy Roman ArmyHow the Light Gets In
24. Florence and the MachineLungs
23. Dirty ProjectorsBitte Orca
22. Dan DeaconBromst
21. The HorrorsPrimary Colours
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Posted on December 21st, 2009

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karen NPR have a stream of the Fever Ray live album Live at Lulea which was recorded in Sweden, which appears in the US 3-disc reissue of the album. Also featured are a DVD of all the music videos and two covers songs: Vashti Bunyan’s ‘Here Before’ and Nick Cave and Anita Lane’s ‘Stranger Than Kindness.’ WANT.

The live album sounds sumptuous and is available digitally from today or you can get the 2 disc version from Amazon or her site.

Listen to Live at Lulea via NPR.

Also got this cool remix of ‘Keep The Streets Empty for Me’ from Michael last week. It’s by Majiker who produced Camille and Jenny Wilson. It’s got awesome throat singing sounds.

MP3: Keep The Streets Empty for Me (Majiker remix)

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Posted on November 30th, 2009

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chum_Mj Remember those times when you picked up a music magazine or a weekly music paper and read a playlist of what that publication’s writers were playing in the office that week? Here is my nod to that staple. No great fanfare, just ten of the best song around right now I’ve been playing lots of.

This week: Australia’s The Middle East take flight, Classixx remixes Mayer Hawthorne, a track from a Michael Jackson tribute compilation, a tune from the best band I’ve seen this week (so far), another solid Aeroplane remix, another Fever Ray rework and a Swedish guy called Ramsey.

  1. The Middle EastBlood
  2. Mayer Hawthorne –Green Eyed Love (Classixx remix)

  3. Toro Y MoiHuman Nature (Michael Jackson cover)Download CHUM ONAH – An MJ tribute album
  4. Willie IszThe Grussle (LV remix)
  5. Au Revoir SimoneAnother Likely Story (Aeroplane remix)
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Posted on October 1st, 2009

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delorean Remember those times when you picked up a music magazine or a weekly music paper and read a playlist of what that publication’s writers were playing in the office that week? There was power in those playlist charts. Here is my nod to that staple. No great fanfare, just ten of the best song around right now I’ve been playing lots of.

And you thought ‘Uffe’s Workshop‘ was the work of an madcap composer! Wait until you get a load of Battles’ Tyondai Braxtons’ ‘Platinum Rows’. Ten minutes of bonkers off-kilter post-rock neo-classical kazoo-assisted kaleidoscopic sounds. It sounds like a deranged alternative soundtrack to Fantasia. I’ve also got a Crookers remix of Fever Ray, a Four Tet remix of Anti-pop Consortium, a Tobacco remix of Health and some more 80s Italo-Disco silliness pour votre plaisir.

  1. Tyondai BraxtonPlatinum RowsCentral Market
  2. Fever RaySeven (Crookers remix)Fever Ray
  3. Anti-Pop ConsortiumVolcano (Four Tet remix)
  4. HealthDie Slow (Tobacco Remix)Get Color
  5. LaserdancePower Run (remix)
  6. Jack PenateTonight’s TodayEverything is New
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Posted on August 25th, 2009

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oxoegen That’s right y’all. Thanks to Bacardi who will be bringing the Bacardi B-Live Stage back to Oxegen 2009 on July 10th -12th (next weekend) we are giving away a pair of camping tickets with the added bonus of unlimited access to the Bacardi B-Live VIP arena, for when you need to find a comfy seat and a cocktail on site with DJs like Beardyman, Horse Meat Disco, Dublin Streets, Soundcheck, Filthy Dukes and A Skillz on hand if ya fancy a wee dance.

Oxegen has a completely stonking lineup this year and personally I cannot wait to see Friendly Fires, Foals, Pendulum, Hudson Mohawke, Fever Ray, Mogwai, Jamie Woon, Onra, Goldielocks, Aeroplane, Mumford & Sons, Blur, Little Boots, St. Vincent and on and on. Of course, I’m DJing on Sunday in the Dance Arena at 3.20pm before Fever Ray so look out for that obviously 😉

All you have to do answer the question below in the comments:

What has been the best live act you’ve ever seen at Oxegen and why?

The best answer wins the pair of tickets. You can include Witnness live acts as well if you want. If you’ve never been to Oxegen, tell us the best festival set and you’ve ever seen. Comment lines closed on Tuesday the 7th at noon. Get scribblin’.

You can also win tickets here and here.

Posted on July 2nd, 2009

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hudmo I got some totally amazing random news today. I’ve been asked to DJ before Fever Ray’s set in the Dance Arena on the Sunday at Oxegen!

MENTAL! Should be a great opportunity to drop some atmospheric dubstep and electronic music prior to the set. For all those wondering, the reason she is playing in the shed is because her elaborate stage setup and show requires complete darkness. Plus, it’s got major lasers.

To segue nicely into the comp, Hudson Mohawke is also playing the Dance Arena on the Sunday but before that he plays this Saturday in the Twisted Pepper along with Mike Slott and special guest DJ Mamiko Motto (Kindred Spirits) and I’ve got two double passes to giveaway.

All you have to do is keep it childish and post your favourite animated GIF in the comments. The best two win tickets. A track for listening from the excellent Polyfolk Dance EP is in the read more. Choice Cuts are also running a Horace Andy/Ashley Beedle remix competition where the winner gets a release on the 7″. More inrfo here. (more…)

Posted on May 13th, 2009

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We knew it was going to be bonkers like The Knife show but that promo is genuinely a bit Japanese horror film a la Ring. Then you look at the live videos of the first shows on Youtube (after the jump) and you feel better. Plus, I want a make a laser show. Does anyone know anybody that I can talk to about lasers? Freaky photos here and here.


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Posted on March 30th, 2009

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I bought the ‘If I Had a Heart’ vinyl over the weekend. It has a Fuck Buttons remix on the B-side.

So this video really should just be a woman who has used an infant’s crazy paints wobbling on a diving board but it’s not because of it has “a director”. His name is Martin de Thurah. Awesome Job, Mr de Thurah.

Posted on February 17th, 2009

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