It's easy to forget that Fever Ray’s eponymous debut LP somewhat blindsided the alternative musicsphere when it first emerged in 2009. Previously known for xer work in The Knife, this album saw Karin Dreijer strike out on xer own with a collection of eerie, shapeshifting synthetic pop. The slew of comparisons to Björk which accompanied ‘Fever Ray’s initial release are somewhat correct if also very lazy. Contemporaneous records from Glasser and Forest Swords feel closer to the mark.

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Fever Ray by Fever Ray
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8/10 Brian 22 October 2009
Fever Ray now. Brett's a major Knife fan, so much so he comes in of a morn' dressed in strange crow costumes and dragging pine trees & glitter around with him. He hasn't mastered the distinctive vocal technique beloved of Karin Dreijer as yet. He just stands there squawking obscurely whilst flapping his dubiously feathered man-arms around but rest assured he now has his antique Casio sampling keyboard up & running & with any luck, those inpenetrable wails of his will soon hit the mark. I think she's mising her sibling/husband/male colleage cos some of the vocals are of a masculine depth of tone, whilst her unique style of kooky cooing is much more in the feminine realm. She must have a voice pitch flangeometer you know. The music is very good, not as pumping euro-lectro & dark trance as 'Silent Shout' but very much like the earlier burbling, oriental synth style & pulsing mature electro pop of their earlier stuff. I like the way her solo stuff is just bound to be lapped up by The Knife's legions of "rabid" fans. Stylistically similar yet more restained & subtle, these songs are sure to affect you with their Scandinavian mystique & charm. Limited vinyl & CD.
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