26.08.2010, Words by Charlie Jones

Pre-order Mercy Street, the new Fever Ray 7"

Buy Karin's new single, a cover of Peter Gabriel's track, with an album track b-side.

Preorder the single here. It’s pretty good, but only pretty good, though the fact that it’s not as astounding as every other song on Fever Ray’s album is more Peter’s fault than Karin’s, because, as too few have noted, though Peter Gabriel is pretty good, Fever Ray is astounding. For example, album track Dry and Dusty, the b-side is terrific.

Anyway, it probably will sell out and deserves to. Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray herself) said this about the song, which was named after a play by American poet Anne Sexton:

“It’s an interpretation. We made it more intense and faster to fit our eccentric percussionists and energetic live musicians. It is a monotone track but we worked with the dynamics trying to make it sparkle. I listened to it a lot when I was around 15, and it still moves me. It made me start reading Anne Sexton too.”

Catch her at the below dates in September:

5th – Electric Picnic, Dublin, Ireland

6th – O2 ABC, Glasgow

8th – Brixton Academy, London

9th – Olympia, Paris, France

10th – Berlin Festival, Berlin, Germany

12th – Bestival, Isle of Wight

Rabid Records will release Fever Ray’s 7” on the 6th September 2010


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