One of the most popular Swedish electronic musicians is Karin Dreijer Andersson. She is also known by her stage name and one-man band, Fever Ray. Together with her brother, she also performs as the band The Knife. She is known for her ability to sing in different tones along with the ability to use mulitracked vocals. She creates different pitches and sounds with her voice using technology that adds a mysterious and intricate effect in her music. Andersson enjoys using theatrical elements in her shows like masks and body paint to remain more obscure in her performances.
In 1999, she formed The Knife with her brother, Olof Dreijer. The band gained international recognition in 2003 with their album Deep Cuts. They earned even more attention when one of their songs, Heartbeats, was covered by Jose Gonzalez for a Sony commercial. The band has earned a number of Swedish Grammis, but the group refuses to attend the rewards ceremonies.
In 2006, the band went on their first tour and performed to sold out audiences. A part of the performances on the tour were filmed and released on DVD called Silent Shout: An Audio Visual Experience. In 2009, the band collaborated with Planningtorock and Mt. Sims on an opera for the Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma. The opera was entitled Tomorrow, In a Year, and is centered on Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. In 2013, the duo released their latest album titled Shaking the Habitual. They are set to play at Coachella 2014 and will have an American tour shortly thereafter.
Fever Ray, Andersson’s solo act, is also well known. Although it is quite popular, Andersson has only produced one album for the act which was released in 2009. The album became critically acclaimed, with critics praising the combination of her vocals and electronic sounds. The Guardian named it the second best album of 2009, calling it impish and creepy. In 2010, she performed at Coachella to an impressed crowd.
Andersson has also collaborated with other artists such as Röyksopp. In 2009, she provided the vocals for the songs What Else Is There?, This Must Be It, and Tricky Tricky. All songs were well received.
It can be said that Andersson is one who cherishes her privacy and free time. Little is known about her life outside of music. She is reluctant to give interviews, although she does participate in them more often than her brother. When they do agree to do interviews, they do not talk about their personal life. In fact, even though Andersson is married with two children, their names are not known to protect their identity.
Her personal life is mostly mysterious, and many listeners will find her music mysterious, too. However, extensively listening to the music she creates opens up a whole new world of sounds and tones that go together wonderfully. Many people may scratch their heads at some of her music, but that is the beauty of it all.