Review round-up from UK tour

September 23rd, 2010

Guardian: 4/5 For all the iciness, there was a beating heart in there

Observer: You emerge from tonight’s gig with a sense of mystery and possibility intact, something all too rare in these over-examined times.

Independent: 4/5 Her voice live can be as sharp and as sourly powerful as it is on record. Wrung through a voice transformer, as on “Concrete Walls”, it’s a growl that sounds like it’s escaped from a deep underground lair.

Resident Advisor: 5/5 A genius of singing, songwriting, musicianship and pure stage theatre, Karin Dreijer Andersson has it all, and as long as the results are like this she’s welcome to tease us with as many “farewell tours” as she likes.

Drowned In Sound: ‘Coconut’ slams great divots into my already battered skull, and by the end even the sound men are trying to rupture my senses, as the bass is turned up to a slightly comical ‘eardrum purification’ level. You just gotta love that shit.

MusicOHM: 4/5 A magnificent albeit quirky experience, a fitting accompaniment to the music’s mysterious charm.

DJMag: Cue a change in lighting to strafing lasers for the final few tracks, accompanied by echoing subterranean bass that gives even DMZ a run for their money, and you leave feeling you’ve experienced that rare thing; a music artist who genuinely justifies that title

Scotsman: The audience cheered their favourite tracks but this was a seamless performance to be absorbed as a total experience.

The Fly: Everything from the brisk beat of ‘Seven’ and the creepy sprawl of ‘Concrete Walls’ to perhaps the most obvious fan favourite, ‘When I Grow Up’, works in sync with the live visuals so perfectly you don’t know whether to dance or just stare, slack-jawed and in awe.

Fever Ray Olympia by Oliver Peel

Fever Ray at Olympia by Oliver Peel

Live Review: The Quietus at The Forum

December 14th, 2009

“Green lasers cut through the darkness, hard and green, like lightning harnessed. Bodies move in the darkness, illuminated by glowing lamplight – men with the faces of birds, a figure clad in flowing red like a masked Red Death. And there, shifting and bobbing in the gloom, is a mossy monolith that conceals one Karin Elisabeth Dreijer Andersson. “If “I had a heart I could love you,” she moans, her voice pitched down to a zombie groan. “If I had a voice I would sing…”

Read the full review and feature here.

Fever Ray in The Times top albums of the decade

December 8th, 2009

Fever Ray has been named at no. 72 in The Times’ list of the best albums of the 00’s:

“A feeling of spikiness mixed with earth … like sucking in woodchips,” opined an awed Florence (& The Machine) Welch on hearing this. Welch’s words are well chosen. Played out in the electronic shadow-world of this solo debut, Karin Dreijer Andersson’s panicked pop noir meditations are breathtaking”

See the list here.

Live Review: Gigwise at The Forum

December 7th, 2009

“Anyone starting a band should be forced to study Fever Ray at great length for a lesson in how to do things properly. From album artwork to music videos and appearance every corner that could have been cut by Karin Dreijer Andersson has instead been laboured over and treated with conceptual love resulting in a beautiful and awe-inspiring project which, in the live arena, achieves a celebratory climax.”

Read the full review here.

Video Review: Keep The Streets Empty For Me on the NY Times ‘The Moment’

December 2nd, 2009

“The latest is “Keep the Streets Empty for Me,” a phantasmagoric neo-noir that briefly suggests Riisian muckraking by way of Dogme 95 realism, but which the directors, Jens Klevje and Fabian Svensson, say draws more from Jungian symbology and Japanese horror films. “On the blogs, people have mentioned ‘The Road’ as a reference point,” Klevje says. “It’s the dystopia feeling.””

Read the full article here.

Live Review: SvD in Stockholm

December 2nd, 2009

“Ljusshowen har en förmåga att ta andan ur publiken och bildar en perfekt symbios med musiken där spår som When I grow up, kvällens främsta, får en ytterligare dimension, ja näst intill en överdos av dramatik. Det råder inget som helst tvivel om att Fever Ray var det skarpaste svenska musikuttrycket på en livescen under 2009. Om detta nu är slutet på Fever Ray och början på ett nytt kapitel för The Knife återstår att se. Dreijer-syskonens vägar är ju så genialiskt outgrundliga.’

Video Review: Avant Magazine

November 26th, 2009

“Every now and then you come across a musician that makes you sit and listen in awe; a musician which gives you no choice but to enter their world. Karin Dreijer Andersson is a most persuasive tour guide into the darkly dreamy world of Fever Ray.”

Read the full article here.

Video Review: Keep The Streets Empty For Me on Pitchfork

November 25th, 2009

“There’s a strong case to be made that Fever Ray is the Music Video Artist of the Year. For the latest clip from Knife singer Karin Dreijer Andersson’s debut solo album, we get a somber black-and-white clip featuring a fashionable homeless girl meandering through a barren cityscape. The video was directed by Jens Klevje and Fabian Svensson”

Read the full article here.

New Seven remix from The Twelves

October 27th, 2009

“Fever Ray’s current single Seven is a smooth, filmy track about daydreaming in your youth… about suicide. At least that’s what I got from it. But despite it’s dark undertones, there’s no reason why Seven shouldn’t be a jam. The Twelves and I shared these sentiments and I’m psyched to premiere their Halloween-like disco remix.”

Live Review: Resident Advisor at Webster Hall

October 26th, 2009

“An overflowing crowd waited amidst blue light, a low drone came across the soundsystem, incense quickly filled the air with a nearly opaque wave of smoke. Karen Dreijer Andersson and her four band mates took the stage as costumed silhouettes and remained as such for the first several songs. It was exactly the beginning of a sold-out Fever Ray show at Webster Hall that you’d expect.”