Last month, Fever Ray returned with a new single, “What They Call Us”. Now, the multi-talented Karin Dreijer (ex. The Knife) is announcing a whole new album, Radical Romantics, her follow-up to 2017’s Plunge. The album features production from Dreijer’s brother and the Knife partner Olof, plus contributions from Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Nídia, Aasthma (Johannes Berglund, Peder Mannerfelt, and Pär Grindvik), and Vessel, plus visual artist Martin Falck.
A couple of days ago, Fever Ray shared a new single, “Carbon Dioxide,” a pulsating and twisted one that was produced with Vessel. “Sucking on what’s mine/ Love’s carbon dioxide,” Dreijer sings on it. “Can’t say it out loud/ I’m afraid to lose it/ Their melody/ Is pure music.”
Talking about the song, Vessel said: “‘Carbon Dioxide’, a compound which, being defined by its bond with oxygen, seems to me like a neat chemical expression of the essential compassion that the conditions for life on our planet depend.”
Dreijer previously formed one half of electronic music duo The Knife, along with her brother Olof Dreijer. Olof has contributed to the album, co-writing and co-producing ‘What They Call Us’ – the forthcoming album opener which was released last month.
The three songs on ‘Radical Romantics’ that Olof and Karin have worked together on form the first time that the siblings have produced and written music with each other in eight years.
As mentioned above, other musicians who have collaborated with Dreijer on the album include techno producer Peder Mannerfelt, Portuguese DJ and producer Nídia and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails. ‘Radical Romantics’ will be Dreijer’s third studio album, following the previously mentioned ‘Plunge’, and their debut self-titled album ‘Fever Ray’, which was released in 2009.
The Knife’s final record ‘Shaking the Habitual’, was released in 2013 and played their final ever show eight years ago in November 2014 in Iceland at Reykjavík’s Iceland Airwaves.