Fever Ray - Mustn't Hurry

Last week I had a nightmare -- I dreamt that a horde of mosquitoes decided to feast on my flesh... which is bad in itself. But instead of turning into the usual red marks, my brain opted to transform the bites into giant pus-filled… wounds. Giant pimples, if you will. Yeah, gross.

But I’m also one of those Internet weirdos who watches pimple-popping videos on Youtube so at the end of it all, I woke up like, “Oh. That was…. Terrifying?? But also chill?? How am I supposed to feel?”

I promise you guys I’m not a creep; I’m just trying to brace you for what you’re about to watch. Because “a car wreck that you can’t look away from” is such a tired cliche, anyway.

We Are: The Guard readers, I present to you: Fever Ray’s “Mustn’t Hurry.”



soundcloud Fever Ray is the creepy-ass baby of The Knife’s Karin Dreijer Andersson, and if you’ve heard The Knife’s last effort, Shaking the Habitual, you’ll know that Karin’s music from EITHER camp sounds like it’s either meant to be howled at the moon, or played in the middle of a dark intimate ritual of your choosing. But what she delivers is absolutely profound -- like a nightmare that you’re kind of okay with, ya feel?

All things considered, “Mustn’t Hurry” is one of the tamer tracks off of Fever Ray’s new album, Plunge (which came out last week). Heavy electronic elements abound, and Karin’s hypnotic way of vocalizing makes the song a solid one.

But the shining aspect of all this is the video: a loop of a woman who’s seen way too much sun (or actually -- not enough), playing with what looks to be a pap smear instrument. Is it weird? Yes. Is it a little unsettling? Oh hell yeah. But you know what? ...I’m cool with it.

Shrug emoji.

In all seriousness, Fever Ray’s Plunge is a sonically wild album that’s already a November 2017 essential. GO LISTEN. Please do hurry.