Karin Dreijer Andersson

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Karin Dreijer Andersson
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Andersson performing as Fever Ray in October 2009
Background information
Birth name Karin Elisabeth Dreijer
Also known as Fever Ray
Born (1975-04-07) 7 April 1975 (age 39)
Nacka, Sweden
Genres Electronic, dark ambient, trip hop, experimental
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 1994–present
Labels Rabid, Brille, Mute, Cooperative
Associated acts Honey Is Cool, The Knife, Röyksopp, dEUS, Fever Ray
Website feverray.com

Karin Elisabeth Dreijer Andersson (born 7 April 1975 in Nacka, Sweden) is the lead vocalist of the electronic music duo The Knife, formed with her brother Olof Dreijer. Andersson was previously the vocalist and guitarist of the alternative rock band Honey Is Cool. Andersson released her debut solo album under the name Fever Ray in 2009.

Her vocal style is notable for both shrill and deep tones, and also the use of multitracked vocals, with different uses of pitch-shifting technology on each track, creating an intricate and mysterious effect. Visually, Andersson employs the use of masks, face and body paint, intricate costumes, and other theatrical elements in photo shoots, videos and live performances, during which she often performs behind a gauze screen that partially obscures her from view.[1]

Solo work[edit]

While The Knife was on hiatus, Andersson released her self-titled solo debut album Fever Ray digitally on 12 January 2009 and physically on 18 March 2009 via Rabid Records,[2] preceded by its lead single "If I Had a Heart", released digitally on 15 December 2008. The song was later used in the 31 July 2011 episode of American television series Breaking Bad, as well as becoming the main title music for the Canadian-Irish historical drama television series Vikings, which premiered on 3 March 2013.

In 2009, Andersson composed the soundtrack to Dirty Diaries, a collection of feminist pornographic short films. In a review of the collection, Swedish newspaper Smålandsposten described the soundtrack as appropriate to the film, though repetitive.[3]

Andersson performed as Fever Ray at the 2010 Coachella Festival and received positive reviews.[4][5] In September of the same year, she performed at Electric Picnic in Ireland and at Bestival in England.[6][7]

Contrary to a statement from the film's director, Andersson did not make a cameo appearance in the 2011 film Red Riding Hood. However, the soundtrack features the exclusive track "The Wolf", which Andersson co-wrote with her band members, as well as "Keep the Streets Empty for Me".[8]

Andersson wrote the music for the theatrical adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's 1968 horror film Hour of the Wolf, which premiered at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre on 12 March 2011.[9] One of these tracks, "No Face", appeared in demo form on the 2012 compilation album We Are the Works in Progress, organised by Blonde Redhead to benefit victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami.[10]


In 2005, Andersson supplied vocals on the track "What Else Is There?" by Röyksopp on the album The Understanding. She also appeared in the video for that single, but not as the vocalist, who was portrayed by a model. In 2008, Andersson provided vocals for the dEUS song "Slow" from the band's Vantage Point album. Andersson was featured on the tracks "This Must Be It" and "Tricky Tricky" again by Röyksopp, appearing on their 2009 album Junior.

Personal life[edit]

Andersson was born on 7 April 1975 in Nacka, Sweden.[11] While both Karin and Olof are hesitant to give interviews, Karin takes part in them more frequently than her brother. On the occasions they do consent to interviews, they often stick to topics concerning their music, influences and public image, avoiding talking about their personal lives. Andersson is married to Kent Peter Kristian Andersson and has two children,[12] though the first names of her children are not publicly known, to protect the privacy of her family.





Title Year Artist Album
"Wasted" 2000 Robot Fake or Real?
"Axe Man" 2001 Silverbullit Citizen Bird
"Lost in the City Nights" Yvonne Hit That City
"What Else Is There?" 2005 Röyksopp The Understanding
"Slow" 2008 dEUS Vantage Point
"This Must Be It" 2009 Röyksopp Junior
"Tricky Tricky"


  1. ^ Hogan, Marc (30 March 2009). "Interviews: Fever Ray". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Fever Ray album out – 18/23 March". feverray.com. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Carnmo, Camilla (4 September 2009). "Dirty Diaries". Smålandsposten (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Wappler, Margaret (17 April 2010). "Coachella 2010: Fever Ray's dark arts not as powerful when performed in a plain old music festival tent". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Hall, David (17 April 2010). "Coachella 2010 Day 1: Fever Ray hypnotizes at Mojave, deadmau5 nails Sahara wrap-up". The Orange County Register. Freedom Communications. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Byrne, Niall (9 September 2010). "Electric Picnic 2010: Fever Ray, Omar Souleyman, Monotonix, Dam Funk". State Magazine. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Relaxnews (21 February 2010). "Bestival adds The XX and Fever Ray to 2010 lineup". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "New Fever Ray music to feature in upcoming film, Red Riding Hood". feverray.com. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "'Vargtimmen, The Wolf Hour' premiere". feverray.com. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  10. ^ Stosuy, Brandon (29 December 2011). "Hear New Music From Fever Ray's Karin Dreijer Andersson". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "På höga klackar över mossan – Fever Ray". Ful (in Swedish) (1). 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Evers, Derek (3 February 2009). "The Mystery Of Fever Ray: An Interview With Karin Dreijer Andersson". The Fader. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 

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