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Friday, August 20, 2010

Fever Ray releases compelling new version of Peter Gabriel classic

Peter Gabriel put his trademark introspection into the song "Mercy Street."

Fever Ray - aka Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife - has turned in an hauntingly beautiful cover of "Mercy Street," more than doing justice to the song.

The song is set for release on Sept. 14 as a digital download through Mute in the United States and Canada.

Fans who can't wait that long to hear the song can stream the track by visiting www.soundcloud.com/fever-ray/mercy-street.

As she puts it,  "It's an interpretation of Peter Gabriel's 'Mercy Street'. We made it more intense and faster to fit our excentric pecussionists and energetic live musicians. It is a monotone track but we worked with the dynamics trying to make it sparkle. I listened to it a lot when I was around 15, and it still moves me. It made me start reading Anne Sexton too."