Fever Ray’s new album Radical Romantics presents their struggle with love, relationships, identity, and self-preservation.
Radical Romantics, the first new Fever Ray album since 2017’s Plunge, “carefully explores well-trod themes of love and sex but through Karin Dreijer’s uniquely esoteric lens.” To be precise, Dreijer presents their struggle with the myth of love.
With collaborations from Olof Dreijer (The Knife), Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Vessel, Aasthma, and more, the album feels like the apex of Fever Ray’s career, incorporating both early sonic elements while looking steadfastly into the future. There’s the new single “Kandy” for example, which follows earlier single releases “What They Call Us” and “Carbon Dioxide.” The song was co-produced and co-written by Karin and their brother and fellow member of the Knife, Olof. It’s one of four tracks Olof co-produced and co-wrote on Radical Romantics, marking the first time the siblings have produced and written music together in eight years.
Olof comments on “Kandy,” “I tried to tune in as much as possible into Fever Ray vibes and tried many different styles, or clothes as I usually say when I talk about different music production suggestions. But in the end we took out the same synthesizer, the SH101, used for The Knife track, ‘The Captain,’ and it just worked!”
Fever Ray first started on Radical Romantics in fall 2019, working in the Stockholm studios built with Olof, who eventually joined in on working on the album. Other co-producers and performers include the power duo of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, experimental artist and producer Vessel, Portuguese DJ and producer Nídia, Johannes Berglund, and Peder Mannerfelt and Pär Grindvik’s technicolor dance project Aasthma.
This spring, Fever Ray will embark on their first tour since 2018, the There’s No Place I’d Rather Be Tour. As Stereogum stated, “Karin Dreijer likes to stage ambitious, slightly baffling spectacles, so this should definitely be something to see.”
Radical Romantics is available on limited edition red vinyl, black vinyl, and CD. Both vinyl formats are numbered and include an A2 folded poster and printed inner sleeve.