AL­BUM OF THE WEEK

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

Karin Drei­jer first came to our at­ten­tion along­side brother Olof as elec­tron­ica mavens The Knife, but it was her solo de­but as Fever Ray that re­ally knocked dis­cern­ing mu­sic devo­tees for six. That self-ti­tled al­bum was re­leased eight years ago and she’s been pretty quiet of late, with the ex­cep­tion of some col­lab­o­ra­tive work with Scan­di­na­vian coun­ter­parts Röyk­sopp. Hap­pily, the long hia­tus hasn’t dimmed the strange­ness of her world­view one bit and Plunge is a deliri­ous basket case of an al­bum, one in which the thrillingly warped elec­tronic ar­range­ments com­ple­ment the left-field na­ture of her lyrics, many of which are car­nally fix­ated. As one lyric mem­o­rably in­forms us, “Every time we f*** we win/ This house makes it hard to f***”. There are sev­eral ar­rest­ing songs — not least lead sin­gle ‘To the Moon and Back’ and ‘This Coun­try’, with it’s talk of “free abor­tions and clean wa­ter”. (The Swede is not, one would as­sume, re­fer­ring to Ire­land). The play­ful­ness that has marked her own mu­sic and that of The Knife re­mains present and cor­rect, but in a world of cookie-cut­ter synth-pop prac­ti­tion­ers, it’s en­cour­ag­ing that there are some who are very dif­fer­ent, and in Drei­jer’s case, de­ment­edly so.

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