Karin Dreijer (who – it appears – has dropped the Andersson) returned last month with her first new record as Fever Ray in almost a decade in scintillating form. Plunge is an aggressively intricate trapeze of electronics, with soundscapes varying drastically in degrees of hardness whilst supercharged synth bursts patrol the arrangements. Her voice seems to be the only thing in the record immune to the force-field; just as likely to be found massaging lovingly as it would be embarking on a trail of shocking violence. The electronic work is fantastic throughout Plunge, never adhering to presets and making full use of every beat, burst and throb. When coupled with Dreijer’s slick, razor-sharp vocal you have a monster of a record that gets more impressive with every listen.
[FIRST PUBLISHED ON NO RIPCORD]