O2 ABC, Glasgow, Mon 6 Sep.
The night begins in hushed anticipation as a somewhat reserved crowd await the arrival of enigmatic Swedish artist, Fever Ray – aka The Knife’s Karin Dreijer-Andersson – making her debut Scottish live appearance. Punctuated by the hiss of smoke machines working overtime, the pulsating drones of ‘If I Had A Heart’ slowly frame her subtle entrance, taking to a stage enveloped in darkness alongside ghoulishly costumed band mates.
Decked out in outlandish cone-headed stage-gear, Dreijer-Andersson steers us through an incredibly well-honed and entrancing live show, featuring a barrage of flickering lamps, on-stage theatrics and blankets of lasers. A show in every sense of the word, each aspect links together perfectly, creating starting visual accompaniment to some equally mesmerizing musical material. It would be hard to fault anything, though ‘When I Grow Up’ garners a particularly intense response tonight, and, utilizing her open relationship with pitch-changing vocal effects, the darker tones of ‘Dry and Dusty’ and ‘Concrete Walls’ are amplified. It’s surely just about the creepiest slow dance the ABC has ever seen.