Plunge is the second studio album by Fever Ray, an alias of Swedish musician Karin Dreijer. It was released on 27 October 2017 through Rabid Records. It is her first in eight years, following her 2009 eponymous debut. The album was preceded by the lead single "To the Moon and Back", which was released a week before the album.
The album received acclaim from music critics, who praised its directly political and sexual themes alongside deconstructed club beats and catchy electronic hooks.
Plunge was surprise released on 27 October 2017 without prior announcement. It was released a week after the release of the lead single, "To the Moon and Back". Dreijer shared two teaser videos prior to the release of the single, both of which included the word "Plunge", leading to speculations of a new album. The album will be released physically on vinyl and CD on 23 February 2018. The album was largely recorded in Dreijer's Stockholm studio in collaboration with producers Paula Temple, Deena Abdelwahed, Nídia, Tami T, Peder Mannerfelt, and Johannes Berglund. Dreijer has also confirmed she will be touring in 2018.
Plunge contains aggressive beats and synths, and showcases a more varied sound than that of Fever Ray. Dreijer's voice is also notably not hidden behind pitch-shifting as it was on Fever Ray, but instead, is "sharpened and pushed high in the mix, the better to emphasize her strange, elastic, playful diction." Pitchfork stated that the album "feels much more manic" and "conflicted" than her debut, while noting that in oppose to the numbness and "penumbral chill" of Fever Ray, Plunge "puts the heat and light back into her alias: the fever, the radiance, the beams emanating from red-ringed eyes." Lyrically, the album focuses on themes of love and desire with a striking candor. It features Dreijer's most verbose, dense and direct lyrics, and was said to be "political in a way Dreijer has not been before."
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