Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Fever Ray - Mercy Street

Fever Ray’s haunting interpretation of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Mercy Street’ is my current favourite cover. She’s been playing it live for a while and it’s now set to be released in September newly polished and with intense awareness in time for her UK tour. At her most eccentric, Fever Ray is an amazing artist and I am very much looking forward to seeing her live next month.

The signature sound of Karin Dreijer Andersson’s spooked up perception of this track gives it a pulsating, tribal and unearthly beat. Gabriel wrote the original in tribute to the ‘confessionalist’ poet Ann Sexton who is also worth checking out if you’re so inclined. His song writing fits in well with Fever Ray’s vocal ‘invocations’ giving visions of Nordic mystery in popular music with fresh supernatural appeal.

The marrying of this poet and music via Gabriel and now Fever Ray makes absolute sense and most especially when considering Karin’s lyrical ‘message’ which is often based around her experience of womanhood and feminist awareness. Coming from her perspective, most notably with her previous track ‘Seven’, you can see why this song would resonate with her; mundane details crafted so eloquently but with a tinge of madness.

Hopefully there will be an ‘art pop’ video to go with this intriguing publicity picture for the release very soon. It's very have a listen!

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