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CD Feature/ Fever Ray: "Fever Ray"

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Put on your floppy art-clown shoes and meet Karin Dreijer Andersson, sister of Olof Dreijer, who together comprise Swedish-Grammy-winning techno act The Knife, which, when hers is the spotlight voice, is an odd but hypnotizing concoction of Bjork, Cranberries and incidental rave noises.

She's on a jungle-tribal new-wave jag in this one, which fits her quite well, especially if she's tacking toward the Bjork side of things. Pressing her inner Yoko and throwing in some Tangerine Dream, she's put together a collection of sometimes sorrowful, often reverent, always alien statements that would fit comfortably in the New Age category. The synth vibration of "Dry and Dusty," for example, raises images of a bushman toying with a didgeroo, and there's a Saharan feel to the break of "Seven."

American yogis don't appear to be the intended target, however, as the lyrics are more rooted in modern, material subjects; close scrutiny reveals a simple but clever eye for the general market, perhaps coming in under the radar for the betterment of maturing fans of Goldfrapp or Air.

By Eric Saeger

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