So I went to the much anticipated Fever Ray concert last Tuesday September 29th and was entranced! It was not just a concert, it was a Shamanic journey filled with smoke, drums and lasers guided by the mysterious entity known as Fever Ray.
The show was held at the legendary venue known as Webster Hall in NYC on a beautiful fall night. A fan of her surreal voice ever since the work she did with The Knife and Royksopp, her new solo project was a most serendipitous find.
For me, Fever Ray’s debut solo album is a trip across the river Styx to the deep, dark reaches of the subconscious mind, the land behind the veil of death, the habitation of fears, desires and slumbering archetypes. Just check out all the symbolic imagery in this video:
Decked out in full shaman gear, her eerie voice was synthesized to a deep primal tone that vibrated straight through to ones core. The smoke that filled the air enveloped her in a mystical shroud, a symbol of the ephemeral nature of the world in-between. Her strange figure cloaked in a horned and feathered patchwork quilt was The Other staring out at the audience asking the unanswerable question behind our very own existence. Who are we really behind the masks and the cloaks?
Well the woman behind the mask is Karin Dreijer Andersson. An artist, a mother and a woman strong enough to play the role of the Shamanka as well. Traditionally, women made extremely powerful shamans as they were deeply rooted in mother earth. This relationship stems from the hunter gatherer days when they formed an intimate relationship with the plants and attuned themselves to the cycles of the moon. They were the givers of birth, seen as a most magickal act of creation that connected them by a cord to the realm where souls are born and enter, making them in essence the gateway between worlds.
Underneath the costume and inside that shell is something with a voice. The Voice that desires, that nurtures and creates. In Kabbalah, the enlightened could create life using the Sefer Yetsirah in the form of android servants known as the golem. These creatures looked all human except for their inability to speak since the voice was a gift only given to those with a soul. Fever Ray sings:
This will never end
Cause I want more
More, give me more, give me more
If I had a heart I could love you
If I had a voice I would sing
After the night when I wake up
I’ll see what tomorrow brings
Yes, it will never end. As long as we have a Voice, we will continue desiring and creating the world. In the beginning was the Word, the vibration that created our Cosmos. It is still resonating through us all and Fever Ray is one of the artist shamans tapping into it and channeling this eternal song for us all to hear…