As the year draws to a close, lives will get busy, families will go on vacations, and most people will probably be listening to only Christmas music anyways, so this is going to be my last post for new music. I will be posting my top 10 albums and my 25 tracks of 2009 over the next few days with download links. Think of them as my Christmas present to you. So, Love and Joy and all those things to you and your families. See you again in 2010.
Fever Ray's self-titled debut, the first solo endeavor by Swedish electronic artist Karin Dreijer Andersson, came out in March, but never gained the popularity it deserved. While Andersson's work with her other band, The Knife, has been incredibly innovative, it is clear that she still has a lot of new and exciting ideas. This whole album is shrouded in a kind of darkness that is unlike anything else I have ever heard. In a year where upbeat, dance electro music was quite dominant, Fever Ray takes the genre in the opposite direction, one of subtlety and vulnerability. Check it out.
Fever Ray - When I Grow Up