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241008_karindreijeranderssonSelf-titled album to follow in March

We were teased with the instrumental edit back in October, but the waiting is nearly over for the full version of Karin Dreijer Andersson’s Fever Ray debut, ‘If I Had A Heart’. The Knife frontwoman has announced that the single will be available through digital outlets from Monday, with a video directed by Andreas Nilsson (The Knife’s ‘Like A Pen’, Moby’s ‘Alice’) ready within the next few weeks. Although she’s not telling just yet about the title and tracklist for the previously reported Fever Ray album, we do know that the album will be released in Europe through Cooperative Music on March 23rd, except in Sweden, where The Knife’s own label Rabid Records will do the honours on March 18th. 

In the accompanying press release, Karin reveals that the Fever Ray project arose because her hand was forced by writing too many good songs. “I had so many songs to record that I just had to make an album,” she says. “My aim was to finish the album and now that it’s done I’m a bit restless. During the last few years I discovered that I like to sing too, so I hope that my newly-found live band will make it to the stages next year. We are rehearsing and building something beautiful and brilliant.”

A tour of her native Sweden looks set for the end of March to coincide with the album release, with other dates expected to be announced elsewhere. The album was produced alongside Christoffer Berg and Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid. Malmö native and former singer of Souls and Monkeystrikes, Cecilia Nordlund, guests on the album. Her own solo debut Not Listening, recorded under the name of Cilihili, is due out in February through Margit Music.

Although they have no new album planned, The Knife continue to work on their Charles Darwin-inspired opera for Danish theatre group Hotel Pro Forma’s November 2009 production ‘Tomorrow, In A Year’. “[The production] points to evolution as a field of possibilities, where nature unfolds its great liberality, finding niches and new paths,” says the PR. “The musical and visual components of the performance are shown as fragments, as parts of the world that are uncovered and studied. A recognisable sequence emerges, only to mutate and change into a number of subsequent species. There is a development from preliminaries to totality to renewed change.”

“The Knife creates completely new compositions that challenge the conventional conception of opera. The form is experimental and exploratory. The music is written for three singers who come from different backgrounds: electronica pop, classical opera, and performance. They are the protagonists of the performance, displaying three ways of experiencing the world. They are the spokesman, the organiser, and the one who acts. They are structure, sensation, form, time, and thought.”

See you in Copenhagen.

Alan Pedder


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