Well I don’t know about you, but this is very exciting. Karin Dreijer has of course been busy making magic with The Knife for much of the intervening period, but it’s been absolutely years since she stepped out as her solo project Fever Ray. But now we have a whole new album, Plunge, to get lost in! Released by Rabid Records.
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- RABID061T2 / Limited, deluxe edition 180g vinyl gatefold 2LP on Rabid Records, with blood red gel outer sleeve. Includes 2 posters + download card
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 22 February 2018
This record is punching me in the face and that’s all I really have to say about it. It’s a smash hit; it smashes things. Ex Knife Karin Dreijer’s second LP as Fever Ray goes hard on the synths and harder on the drums, creating a work that makes the expansive and never-ending transgressions of ‘Shaking the Habitual’ sound like decidedly polite. A stellar investigation into sexual politics (and sometimes just sex), Dreijer has focused the mantras and manifestos that have become crucial into her work into a condensed pop masterpiece.
It is dark and seething; tracks like “Mustn’t Hurry” have a typical kind of Dreijer atmosphere to them, but they’re pushed up volumes, navigated into new intensities. The drums, more industrial; the synths, gleefully shriller. “Falling” sounds like a banger predicated on rattled metals and prison alarms, its disparate noises coalescing into an eventual harsh ballad of sci-fi sound debris. “IDK About You” is raw and collates momentary samples of moaning in a way not dissimilar to Kanye on “I’m In It”. And then there’s “To The Moon and Back”, which is so not a Savage Garden song at all.
Considering it’s myriad squeaks, it’s such a well organised record, not falling into the trap of ‘Shaking the Habitual’ in its attempt to encompass every single possible iteration of an idea. Instead, Dreijer crafts pop songs out of politics and their corresponding feelings, offering a chance to get lost in the later, whether it sounds like dread or hope, excitement or disassociation. As always, there's so much to write about, and even more to dance with.
8/10 Jack Customer review, 27th November 2017
I've only listened to the album a few times now, but I'm loving it. Each song was enjoyable on the first listen, which is a very good sign. There are a few songs that really bring me back to Karin's debut solo album as Fever Ray, but many have a more upbeat feel reminiscent of The Knife's earlier albums. A few of the lyrics were a little unexpected on the first listen (I'm looking at you, "To the Moon and Back"), but considering what feels to be the overall theme of the album, they are fitting.
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