Dreijer performing as Fever Ray in October 2009
|Birth name||Karin Elisabeth Dreijer|
|Also known as||Fever Ray|
|Born||7 April 1975|
Karin Elisabeth Dreijer (born 7 April 1975) is a Swedish singer-songwriter and record producer. Dreijer was one half of the electronic music duo the Knife, formed with xer brother Olof Dreijer. Xe was previously the vocalist and guitarist of the alternative rock band Honey Is Cool. Dreijer released xer debut solo album under the alias Fever Ray in January 2009. Xer second studio album, Plunge, under the same alias, was released in October 2017.
Dreijer's 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, xe employs the use of masks, face and body paint, intricate costumes, and other theatrical elements in photo shoots, videos and live performances, during which xe often performs behind a gauze screen that partially obscures the audience's view.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Discography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Dreijer was born on 7 April 1975 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Xe started playing guitar at the age of ten, which led xer to found the band Honey Is Cool. Before pursuing a career in music, Dreijer worked as a web designer. In 1998, xe moved to Stockholm.
Karin and xer brother Olof Dreijer formed the electronic music duo The Knife in Gothenburg in 1999. They released their eponymous debut album in 2001. The duo gained a wider international recognition following the release of "Heartbeats", the lead single of their second studio album, Deep Cuts (2003). The duo performed live for the first time in 2006, when they went on the Silent Shout Tour in support of their universally acclaimed third album of the same name (2006). In 2009, the duo were commissioned alongside Mt. Sims and Planningtorock by the Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma to compose an opera, titled Tomorrow, in a Year, which is based on Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. In 2013, the band released their fourth and final studio album, Shaking the Habitual, to universal acclaim. The duo disbanded in November 2014, after completing the Shaking the Habitual Tour.
While The Knife were on hiatus, Dreijer released, under the alias Fever Ray, xer self-titled solo debut album. It was released digitally on 12 January 2009 and physically on 18 March 2009 through Rabid Records to universal acclaim. The album was preceded by its lead single "If I Had a Heart" (2008), which was used in numerous television series, including Person of Interest, Breaking Bad and Wentworth, as well as the opening theme song for the Canadian-Irish historical drama television series Vikings.
In September 2009, Dreijer 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 for the film, though repetitive.
Dreijer performed as Fever Ray at the 2010 Coachella Festival and received positive reviews. In September of the same year, xe performed at Electric Picnic in Ireland and at Bestival in England.
Contrary to a statement from the film's director, Dreijer did not make a cameo appearance in the 2011 film Red Riding Hood. However, the soundtrack features a new track performed by Dreijer as Fever Ray, "The Wolf", as well as "Keep the Streets Empty for Me" from their debut album. "The Wolf" was also featured in Ubisoft's Far Cry Primal announcement trailer, as well as during the game's final mission.
Dreijer 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. 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.
In February 2016, Dreijer announced xe had written and produced music for a theater play called Vahák (English: Violence), which plays on themes of colonial and homophobic violence. That same month, Dreijer revealed in an interview with The Fader that xe was working on solo music, though xe was unsure whether it will be under the Fever Ray moniker.
On 20 October 2017, Dreijer released the single "To the Moon and Back" and its accompanying music video. It served as the lead single to xer second studio album, Plunge, which was released on 27 October without prior announcement. The album received widespread acclaim from music critics upon release and appeared on numerous year-end lists. In support of the album, Dreijer embarked on an international tour throughout 2018, with the first leg of which was held in Europe and began in February, followed by a North American leg held in May. More European dates were later added from June until November.
In the 2018 Swedish Grammys, Dreijer and the producers xe collaborated with on Plunge won the award for "Producer of the Year". Plunge was also nominated for Best European Independent Album at the IMPALA awards.
In 2005, Dreijer supplied vocals on the track "What Else Is There?" by Röyksopp on the album The Understanding. The song charted highly, raising Karin's profile at an early stage of xer career. Xe also appeared in the video for that single, but not as the vocalist, who was portrayed by the Norwegian model Marianne Schröder. In 2008, Dreijer provided vocals for the Deus song "Slow" from the band's Vantage Point album. Dreijer was featured on the tracks "This Must Be It" and "Tricky Tricky" again by Röyksopp, appearing on their 2009 album Junior.
Dreijer has two daughters. Xe largely keeps xer private life outside the headlines, but in 2017, xe told The Guardian in an interview that xe was previously married and had dropped Andersson from xer name following a divorce. In the same interview, xe described xerself as “definitely a queer person, but [...] very gender-fluid." Dreijer uses "xe" pronoun.
|Live in Luleå||
|Live at Troxy||
As lead artist
|"If I Had a Heart"||2008||Fever Ray|
|"When I Grow Up"||2009|
|"Mercy Street"||2010||Non-album single|
|"To the Moon and Back"||2017||Plunge|
|"IDK About You"|
As featured artist
|"What Else Is There?"
(Röyksopp featuring Karin Dreijer)
|"This Must Be It"
(Röyksopp featuring Karin Dreijer)
As Karin Dreijer
|"Let It Come Down"||1996||Mazarine Street||The Beast Of...|
|"Volksblues"||1998||The Bear Quartet||Personality Crisis|
|"Wasted"||2000||Robot||Fake or Real?|
|"Axe Man"||2001||Silverbullit||Citizen Bird|
|"Lost in the City Nights"||Yvonne||Hit That City|
|"The Jacket" (Karin Knife Remix)||First Floor Power||Non-album single|
|"No Face"||2012||None||We Are the Works in Progress|
|"Discourse My New Romance"||2014||Shinedoe||Illogical Directions|
As Fever Ray
|"The Wolf"||2011||Red Riding Hood: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|"If I Had a Heart"||2009||Andreas Nilsson|
|"When I Grow Up"||Martin de Thurah|
|"Triangle Walks"||Mikel Cee Karlsson|
|"Stranger Than Kindness"||Andreas Nilsson|
|"Keep the Streets Empty for Me"||Jens Klevje and Fabian Svensson|
|"To the Moon and Back"||2017||Martin Falck|
|"IDK About You"|
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