Surprise! Fever Ray, aka The Knife’s Karin Dreijer, will release her first album since 2009, Plunge, tonight. It hits the streamers at midnight, though you’ll have to wait until February 23 to own a physical copy for some reason. Earlier, Dreijer shared a track from the album, “To the Moon and Back”, along with its surreal, unnerving music video.
Here are some thoughts from Dreijer from the Plunge press release that may provide some context for the new album. Keep scrolling for the LP’s tracklist and album art.
I had a plan for how sex or at least some kind of heartfelt physical intensity could save us but I threw it off the roof along with the body and it fell into the silence that limns the edge of the song. ...
It is a joy to meet you. I don’t know how to feel about that. But already my repetitions are beginning. Do I confuse itch and ache? Here’s this helpful quiz to discover which it is, dedicated to a global team of heartbroken self-diagnosers that stretches from the threadbare social democracies in the north to the liberated markets in the west. ...
The lover objectifies herself as music. The song is a prosthesis that extends like a limb into the gut and pulls out the half-digested heart, it’s kind of gothic and kind of a shame. I learn gratefully in music that the decision to fall is harder than the fall itself, the anticipation of falling; I’m embarrassed by gravity is what I mean by “I put on weight”. The parent and the lover momentarily blurring, then some kind of travel sickness, and later I am home without remembering what happened. It used to bother me that violence is as intimate as love, but I see that you have resolved that problem by dissolving the two each into the other. Whatever is important to hide must be important. Whatever is important to forget.
01 Wanna Sip
02 Musn’t Hurry
03 A Part of Us
05 IDK About You
06 This Country
08 To the Moon and Back
09 Red Trails
10 An Itch
11 Mama’s Hand