For me, as I’m sure it is with many creative types, music is a constant source of inspiration. A good piece of music will often set my cogs-a-whirring, whether it’s creating an illustration or painting or getting into the mood to write a scene. For me music is a key factor in getting the creative juices flowing and so I will probably mumble on about various musical bits and bobs a lot on this blog.
My first mumble, or shout rather, goes out to Fever Ray.
Fever Ray is the alter ego of Karin Dreijer Andersson, formerly one half of the awesome Swedish brother/sister duo The Knife. I have been a fan of The Knife for a while now and I would highly recommend any of their albums if you like your electro deep, weird and lush, especially their critically acclaimed Silent Shout. Naturally, Fever Ray has definite wafts of The Knife in her work but her self-titled album is something completely different again.
Every so often you come across an album that is so good you just have to listen to it again and again. This is what happened to me the first time I heard the Fever Ray album. I became addicted. Andersson has tapped into something dark and primitive but also something insanely beautiful. This whole album appears to have been written in the crepuscular hours, during spells of severe sleep deprivation and thoughts of Native American Indians. The vocals ooze in slow motion, the synths slide with glacial clarity. Listening to this album is like walking through a mist-cloaked pine forest in the early hours of the morning or floating face down in a cold mountain lake, eyes wide open staring into the deep jade void. It makes me want to paint images of shaman and half-seen beasts, of moth-like spirits and silver-eyed wolves.
Needless to say, Fever Ray has been at the top of my playlist for a while now, I guess I should give it a break soon, lest I ruin it through overexposure, but it is so immersive, so darkly inspiring that its difficult to stop.
My final word then is this: if you like good music, if you like to experience something new and interesting, if you like to be transported somewhere strange and beautiful, then I can’t recommend Fever Ray enough.