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I’ve never seen Fever Ray on Exhale before. Maybe I’ve missed it, but I wanted to shine a light on this incredibly dope, weird, and massively talented artist. Fever Ray is the solo project of Karin Elisabeth Dreijer, former one-half of the electronic music outfit, The Knife. The knife, a brother-sister duo, went on to pick up a slew of awards overseas, including Pop Group of the Year, Song of the Year for Heartbeats, Best Album of the Year as well as Best Pop Album for Silent Shout, Best Video, and many more. Eventually, Karin stepped away to create and develop their own sound, image, and brand, giving birth to Fever Ray. For this post, I want to focus on their latest release, Plunge. First, let me be clear that Fever Ray is NOT everyone’s cup of tea. No great artist is. But Karin is a FORCE. And their vision is undeniable. The album rollout for Plunge was insane. Sleek, freaky, extravagant, over-the-top content. It felt very Pop, but with a razor-sharp edge. The Album Films and Music Videos, helped to create a very visceral, very bizarre world, seemingly wrung from some dark corner of Karin’s mind. But most importantly, it’s playful. There’s a kind of frenetic joy to this particular body of work that works so well and helps to soften the experience, and while often creepy and even unsettling for some, the project never quite loses it’s sense of humor. During this time, Karin, recently divorced, was also coming out as non-binary (preferring they/them pronouns) and rediscovering their sexuality while finding their place within the LGBTQ community. This personal journey of freedom, discovery, and ****** liberation is what lies at the core of Plunge. It’s also by it’s very nature, a fierce and flamboyant act of rebellion. I hope at least one of you enjoys the journey 😁 And then maybe we can get into Fever Ray’s iconic self-titled debut. 😉 Have fun