Monday, January 19, 2009

Music: Fever Ray

January 20th is a big day. It marks the end of President Bush's eight years of stoopid. It marks the beginning of President Obama's how-many-ever years of "at least he's not president Bush". It's the day Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion officially releases, as in not only on vinyl. It's the day I'll see Animal Collective live at Grand Ballroom, vibing dolo in the cut. It's also the day you read about Fever Ray on my internet web log.

Fever Ray is the solo project of Karin Dreijer Andersson, one-half of The Knife. Remember the Knife? They had that song "Heartbeats" that you loved, then you hated, then you loved again. You loved it but then you kind of stopped liking it when it became "that" song, the one everyone had to play at their dance party. It was like Rhianna for the kids that fancied themselves too cool for Rhianna - which no one is. And then when people stopped talking about it because they started liking some other shit, you started liking it again. Tough Alliance got boring after four months and you could only appreciate Swedish electro-pop (until M83 came out and then eventually other stuff) because fidget house and bass was beginning to get way too abrasive for you and you were amazed that people still talked about Justice because it was 2008...

Here are three new MP3's from the upcoming Fever Ray album, ganked from the awesome

-- - Now's the Only Time I Know
-- - Triangle Walks
-- - When I Grow Up

I don't know if this is the official video, or what.... but here's a YouTube of If I Had a Heart, which I believe is the lead single:

There's also a Fuck Buttons remix of that floating around. The album's out March 23rd in the states and earlier in Sweden. If you liked the Knife you'll probably dig it. It's dark, but a good dark - the way Burial was dark this past year and the way the stuff Salem's put out for their record set to release this year is dark. Vibe on whatever...

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