If Karin Dreijer Andersson was a dishwasher she’d be called the Enigmatic2000. Yup, we don’t know much about her and neither do you. We know she likes keeping a super-injunction-level low profile – both in press-shy Swedish avant-electro duo The Knife, which she kept firmly in the family (the other guy’s her brother) and more recently in the witchily furtive Fever Ray.We know she likes accepting awards in weird sucker masks, distorting her voice so she sounds like a dude and disappearing from the musical landscape for years at a time.
So it’s fitting that her first solo release is called No Face. Originally written and performed for Ingmar Bergman’s play The Wolf Hour, it’ll fit like a snug balaclava over Fever Ray’s haunting ambient textures.
Set to be released on a compilation CD raising money for the 2011 Japanese tsunami relief effort, it will go some way to repairing Sweden’s international reputation, tattered by years of flooding the world with gross salted fish sweets and shoddy flat-pack furniture.