ALBUM OF THE WEEK
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.