Plunge by Fever Ray on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

When Karin Dreijer Andersson made her first Fever Ray album in 2009, it was a deliberately isolated affair—a world of concrete walls and empty streets. Nearly eight years later, the Fever Ray universe has been flooded with rays of jubilant self-awareness and visceral human connection. Plunge feels free—ecstatically so. The hollowed beats and sparse soundscapes that defined Fever Ray are spiked by tweaky synths (“IDK About You”), labyrinthine builds (“To the Moon and Back”,) and coarse, industrial freneticism (“Falling”). Once fiercely alone, Andersson has awakened—emotionally, sexually, politically. Dazzling, playful, and almost childishly headstrong, Plunge was worth the wait.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Karin Dreijer Andersson made her first Fever Ray album in 2009, it was a deliberately isolated affair—a world of concrete walls and empty streets. Nearly eight years later, the Fever Ray universe has been flooded with rays of jubilant self-awareness and visceral human connection. Plunge feels free—ecstatically so. The hollowed beats and sparse soundscapes that defined Fever Ray are spiked by tweaky synths (“IDK About You”), labyrinthine builds (“To the Moon and Back”,) and coarse, industrial freneticism (“Falling”). Once fiercely alone, Andersson has awakened—emotionally, sexually, politically. Dazzling, playful, and almost childishly headstrong, Plunge was worth the wait.

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About Fever Ray

The solo project of the Knife's Karin Dreijer, Fever Ray shares some of that group's icy electronic atmospheres, but takes a slightly more organic-sounding approach. Fever Ray began after the Knife finished their promotional duties for their 2006 album, Silent Shout, and Dreijer had her second child; she worked on demos and song ideas by herself, then collaborated with producer Christoffer Berg, who had mixed the Knife's music. Word of the project surfaced during the summer of 2008 and the first music, an instrumental version of "If I Had a Heart," appeared on Fever Ray's MySpace page that fall. Fever Ray was available in January 2009 as a digital download, and the album was physically released that spring. Dreijer returned to the Knife with 2013's Shaking the Habitual and the following year's Shaken-Up Versions. In 2017, she issued the Fever Ray single "To the Moon and Back" shortly before the surprise release of the full-length Plunge, which received a physical release in February 2018. ~ Heather Phares

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