Fever Ray - S/T - LP
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The self titled debut solo record from The Knife's Karin Dreijer Andersson is surely the years most anticipated album so far. We certainly couldn't argue with the legion of support marching in formation behind this gorgeously gothic pop masterpiece, from The OMM to The Wire and countless message boards across the web this is an album which has solidified the success of The Knife, but also added a level of cosmic dread that transcends the pop sensibility at the heart of the material. The album manages to snag on the intangible emotional thread running from Faith-era Cure through to early Human league, or the Cocteau Twins best on 'Seven' to Boards Of Canada's most emotive moments on the stunning 'Dry And Dusty' or Aphex's paradoxically knowing melodic naivety on 'When I Grow Up'. The darkly sparse spirit and pop character of Fever Ray is typically Scandinavian, like a rich red claret to Alphabeat's fizzing bellabrusco with lead single and instant winner 'If I Had A Heart', or a sleeker and less eccentric Bjork jamming with Ryuichi Sakamoto on Triangle Walk' or a Swedish Kate Bush on the elegiac 'Keep the Streets Empty For Me'. Somtimes the most simple and well applied effects work the best and Karin's use of deathly pitched vocals throughout the set is just one of its defining touches, lending a transcendent depth to the technopop skip that lovers of classic Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk or Chris and Cosey will find good reason to fall deeply in love with.