A Strangely Synthetic Singer (Fever Ray)

Just look at this album cover. Now that is a chick who means business! Meet Karin Dreijer Andersson, the Scandanavian lead vocalist of electronic music duo The Knife, and the brains behind the new solo persona Fever Ray. If you haven’t already heard this artist’s music, brace yourself for an interesting ride. Wee!

A staunch proponent of thinking outside the box, I have to say that no does it quite like Fever Ray. Intense and luminous, her debut album is a montage of inventive sounds that leaves listeners incredulous as to its meaning. The new mother of two claims that “half of what [her] songs are about is the subconscious.” It’s no wonder. This stuff is pretty off the wall!

I will admit that Fever Ray is not for everyone. Both shrill and deep, her vocal style is an acquired taste. With distorted tones and unusual pitch-shifting, her tracks are enigmatic and undeniably chilling. Just check out the video below, and you’ll see what I mean.

As you may have gathered, Andersson’s signature trait is her left-field presentation. She tends to perform in masks and showcase goblin vocal effects, craftily muttering her cryptic lyrics. Odd she is, but behind the face paint and eery allusions, Fever Ray is actually a well-intentioned artist.  In a statement on her website, she says: “I think the music should be able to stand for itself without interfering, like what the artist looks like. That’s something you find out during the process, it’s a steady ongoing process about how you survive. When you work with music, you have the possibility to create magic.” Magic is a pretty admirable goal, I’d say.

About the author

Yolanda Muchnik is the Founder of Aliveasart. A working professional with a passion for the visual and performing arts, she's got a soft spot for all things creative. In addition to ten years of formal dance training, Yolanda has experience as a graphic artist, a management and strategy consultant, and digital marketer.

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