Fever Ray - 'Radical Romantics'

8/10

As a founding member of The Knife, Karin Dreijer’s pursuit of broad and adventurous textures has always been a part of their ambitions. While their formative group certainly changed the field in what electronic music could become in the 21st century, their Fever Ray project was always something that needed to be fleshed out. Originally embarking on the solo venture with their self-titled 2009 outing, they rekindled that immersive spirit for the long-awaited sophomore LP 'Plunge' in 2017. Now fully formed, they are back once again with their third studio album 'Radical Romantics', a record that looks to cement their legacy to date.

Throughout the rich and technicolour career they have pursued up until now, Fever Ray has always felt like a musical evolution against their work within The Knife. Not quite a full separation but something that builds upon their original desires. But with 'Radical Romantics', it feels like they are finally forging their own distinctive path, something that is equally as groundbreaking and innovative. Moving with this wonderfully expressive elegance that blends their unique voice with a sprawling production throughout, they are returning with one of their most confident and moving collections to date.

While Fever Ray has never been a project that doubts its vibrant ideals, 'Radical Romantics' feels like a bold step forward within their sound to date. Endlessly imaginative and intriguing, it feels like a release many of us will discover something new and interesting with every further listen.

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