Clutter Control: Fever Ray's self-titled
Fever Ray's self-titled album called to me from the break-room free table. I'll admit, my choice was based entirely on the great cover art. Swedish artist Martin Ander skillfully aped the style of Charles Burns' Black Hole; in fact, the atmospheric, haunting album would make an excellent soundtrack to for the book.
Fever Ray has succeeded magnificently, treading the tightrope between jarring and somnolent with grace. Karin Dreijer Andersson, the artist behind Fever Ray, sings in thin, childlike strains, often distorted or tweaked to sound unearthly, while the instrumentals alternately grind and sway, teasing the ear as they flow trip-hop-like between points of interest.
"When I Grow Up," the second track on the album, is lush and utterly gorgeous. It begs to grace the soundtrack of a gritty, washed out sci-fi anime or gun-fu movie, as the sweeping instrumentals and quite-but-driving rhythms speak of a calm before a raging battle. The track also has an awesome music video:
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