Ooph this is rather heavy on the Karin Dreijer. They appear as both Fever Ray and part of the Knife on this remix 12" of Björk's 'Country Creatures'. Yet each track is different - one moody and frenzied, one bouncy and pulsating. As a return favour Bjork has remixed a Fever Ray track which will come out separately. Who says the Swedes and the Icelanders don't get on?
Vinyl 12" £14.99 1494TP12
Limited edition 12" on One Little Indian.
Someone, somewhere, has been dreaming of this day for a very long time. Karin Dreijer is very much an artist of the post-Björk age, and Björk is, well, actually Björk. Their pairing on new EP 'Country Creatures' makes sense, though some may be slightly disappointed that the two have opted to remix each others’ work rather than forge something new together.
Personally I’m not of that camp - the role of remixer is interpreted brilliantly by both here. Björk tackles ‘This Country’, a slice of technoid avant-pop from Fever Ray’s 2017 LP ‘Plunge’. ‘This Country’ was already a rather fraught track, but Björk’s take on it is positively nightmarish. The original is brutalised in her hands, its distorted bass writhing like a snake in a trap and its rhythms stretched on the rack until they resemble the warpings of her old friend Arca. Björk herself punches through the original’s key phrases ("this country makes it hard to fuck", "that’s not how to love me"), going way past a loss of libido to enter a state where her androgynous, asexual taunts become threateningly alien. It’s less a remix than it is a mutation.
Dreijer’s contributions are a mite more conventional. In tandem with their brother Olof, Dreijer turns in the EP’s most club-friendly cut under the guise of The Knife. Their take on ‘Features Creatures’ clatters with the energy of club innovator Rizzla as well as drawing on the drum-line drive of Björk’s classic ‘Earth Intruders’. Karin also tackles ‘Features Creatures’ under their Fever Ray alias, a typically emotive piece of avant-pop. While not quite as vital as the rest of ‘Country Creatures’, its brooding throb acts as a good balancing weight for those frantic other cuts.
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