Fever Ray (aka Karin Dreijer)’s third album, Radical Romantics, is out TODAY via Mute Records, and ya boy is ultra stoked. Fever Ray is one of the first artists I posted about on Warm Visions, all the way back in 2010 when I ranked my favorite albums of 2009, when their debut arrived. If you’re not in the know, Fever Ray is one half of the seminal 2000s electronic pop duo The Knife, and their career as a solo artist has been particularly inspired, nearly taking ten years to make a follow-up to their amazing debut, and morphing into these manifestations seen on their album artwork and music videos. Radical Romantics ushers in another new era for Fever Ray, and I wholeheartedly approve of all the new changes.
I could talk about a host of tracks off this record (which will undoubtedly appear in my Recommended Albums of March), but I wanted to feature the song that’s been stuck in my head the last few days, “Carbon Dioxide”. Potentially the most accessible or direct Fever Ray track, “Carbon Dioxide” is a certified room-shaker, with a combustive beat and daring melody, diving and flipping in pitch to match the glistening, futuristic instrumental. The chorus in particular is massively climactic, and I can picture it driving a crowd to an absolute frenzy. Other highlights on the record include “Kandy”, “Even It Out” (which I heard features co-production from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross!), “Shiver”, “What They Call Us” and “Looking For A Ghost”. I’ll always treasure new Fever Ray music, and I hope I’ve convinced you to check out their records if you haven’t yet.
Radical Romantics is out NOW via Mute. Listen more or buy HERE.