Somehow over the course of 2009 I’ve failed to give any mention to Fever Ray, the solo project of Karin Dreijer Andersson from brother-and-sister electronic duo The Knife. Already a potent contributor to the flourishing electronica scene in Gothenburg, Sweden, Andersson’s most recent effort wades into an ominous world of darkness, witchcraft, and death. Not unlike her work with The Knife, the debut record from Fever Ray approaches music as a kind of audiovisual experience, envisioning imagery and concepts that extend beyond the realm of sound. From the live show to the series of music videos that continue to be released, it’s obvious that the album ultimately feels most complete with some sort of accompanying vision.
Of course it helps that, so far, the images released have been compelling — particularly those of the first two music videos, “If I Had a Heart” and “When I Grow Up”. While the former unsettles through slowly unfolding dread, “When I Grow Up” strikes with a more playful creepiness, featuring a mysterious, fragile-looking (and poppin’ and lockin’) witchdoctor creature that works her magic on a backyard pool. Watch both down below and check out the other videos, for the also excellent tracks “Triangle Walks” and “Seven”, after the jump.
Download: Fever Ray – If I Had a Heart