Published Nov 18, 2010Karin Dreijer Andersson's terrifyingly awesome Fever Ray alter-ego has been keeping a low profile in 2010. Other than her Peter Gabriel cover, she was pretty much invisible, supporting notions that she might even have thrown in the towel. Fortunately, word has come that Andersson's Fever Ray project will make a cameo in Red Riding Hood, the creepy fairy tale adaptation from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke.
Speaking with the LA Times, the director revealed that Andersson's appearance in the film will keep in line with her notably weird live shows and music videos. "We commissioned this band from Sweden called Fever Ray," Hardwicke said. "She's always performing in radical costumes, she's like the Lady Gaga of Sweden. In our movie, she's wearing a harvest mask with a corn husk face and she's singing and everybody's dancing and singing. Of course, it all goes to hell soon enough, but it's fun for a while."
In her cameo, Andersson plays a new Fever Ray track. While the title isn't available as of yet, we know that the song was co-written with composer Brian Reitzell, who worked on the Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette soundtracks. A small clip of the track can be heard in the trailer below. In the film, it's performed with instruments inspired by Hieronymus Bosch's "The Garden of Empty Earthly Delights" painting. Also, the scene in the film is apparently inspired by Burning Man.
While there's no denying that this is a fascinating cameo that deserves some attention, it also serves as a warning to Fever Ray fans. If Red Riding Hood has anywhere near the same cultural impact as the Twilight series, you can expect your beloved, dark Swedish electro-pop to be appropriated by a swarm of drooling pre-teens.
UPDATE: Well, for better or worse, it looks as if Andersson won't be appearing in Red Riding Hood after all. An official statement reads, "To clarify some incorrect information that has been circulating on the web: there won't in fact be a cameo performance from Karin Dreijer Andersson / Fever Ray in the film, and Karin co-wrote the song with her Fever Ray band members -- Christoffer Berg, Van Rivers, The Subliminal Kid & Liliana Zavala -- with no involvement from any other party."
Thanks to Pitchfork for the tip.