• Fever Ray – “Mercy Street” Out Today

    It’s an interpretation of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Mercy Street’. We made it more intense and faster to fit our eccentric percussionists and energetic live musicians. It is a monotone track but we worked with the dynamics trying to make it sparkle. I listened to it a lot when I was around 15, and it still moves me. It made me start reading Anne Sexton too.”
    - Karin Dreijer Andersson

    Fever Ray aka Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife is back. Having performed spellbinding live covers of well-loved tracks by artists as varied as Nick Cave, Vashti Bunyan and Peter Gabriel, her cover of the latter’s “Mercy Street” is officially released today as a digital download and on covetable limited edition 7’’ through Mute Records in the US and Canada and Rabid Records in Europe and the UK. The 7” single will include album track “Dry and Dusty.”

    Gabriel wrote ‘Mercy Street’ about influential Pulitzer Prize winning American poet Anne Sexton, with the track taking its title from her 1969 play of the same name. The cover is chillingly atmospheric, all driving beats and Dreijer Andersson’s crystalline vocals imploring us to “wait until darkness comes.”
    For those who have yet to experience the ‘Mercy Street’ cover live, if you are in Western Europe or the UK you can catch Fever Ray’s stunning audio-visual show in Europe – art directed by long term collaborator Andreas Nilsson – on the following dates:
    September:
    5th – Electric Picnic, Dublin, Ireland
    6th – O2 ABC, Glasgow
    8th – Brixton Academy, London
    9th – Olympia, Paris, France
    10th – Berlin Festival, Berlin, Germany
    12th – Bestival, Isle of Wight

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