As Fever Ray announce a rare Manchester date in support of new album Plunge, Getintothis’ Banjo is planning an evening of uneasy listening.
Fever Ray burst into our consciousness back in 2009 with the release of their eponymous debut album.
Ploughing a singular field of electronic and angular music with out of focus vocals, Fever Ray met with instant acclaim, making the top albums of the year in publications as diverse as The Sunday Times and Pitchfork.
Clearly something interesting and intriguing was happening here.
Fast forward to 2017 and Fever Ray have stealth-released album No 2, Plunge.
Following the 8 year gap, Fever Ray’s sound has hardened somewhat and become perhaps a bit more modern.
It is tempting to use the term ‘industrial’ to describe the new Fever Ray sound, but this would be industrial referring to the noises of factories, metal and machines, rather than meaning the band rocked out and now sound like Ministry.
The sounds here are redolent of the background hiss and clang of Eraserhead.
Fever Ray’s music is not something one can lightly engage with and it is easy to imagine the impact the percussion and chest shaking sounds will have in the live arena.
As they first came about as a side project of The Knife’s Karin Dreijer (seemingly now without the Andersson), Fever Ray’s gigging activity has not exactly been extensive.
Their UK dates so far are limited to just Manchester and London shows, which makes the prospect of these new dates even more enticing.
Fever Ray play:
March 20 – Troxy, London
March 21 – Albert Hall, Manchester