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10 years on from Fever Ray’s ‘Live in Luleå’ set, she marks distance travelled with a recording of her new live set made at London’s Troxy, March 2018
Beloved for her wild stage costumes and light show, not to mention the tunes, Fever Ray’s live reputation for boundary-pushing performances precedes her. The current show may not be as dazzling as the early ones, but it’s still a polished hard diamond of a thing, presenting mutated versions of early anthems and new songs alike, with a particular leaning towards Afro-Latinate percussion that lets you know you’re not at another clunky EDM or rock gig, as bigger staged shows often play up to.
That rhythm-driven approach is perfectly characterised in the newly slinky swerve of ‘When I Grow Up’ and the rude swang of ‘Triangle Walks’ from her self-titled debut, along with a trilling take on ‘If I Had A Heart’ that hits the mark dead on. However, the majority of material is from 2017’s ‘Plunge’, including a spellbinding version of the fetish pop beauty ‘Mustn’t Hurry’, and a carnival-ready take on the Nídia-produced ‘Idk About You’, and a thrillingly sharp and sexy spin of ‘Wanna Sip’ that we remember slicing thru the crowd at their Manchester show.