Layered down with typical Karin synths, haunting drums and vocals, as well as re-arranged lyrics, Fever Ray‘s recent homage to Peter Gabriel‘s “Mercy Street” could be considered more of a reinterpretation than a cover. Here’s a little something she had to say about the project:
We made it more intense and faster to fit our eccentric percussionists [sic] 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.
Fever Ray – Mercy Street (Peter Gabriel cover)
Peter Gabriel – Mercy Street (original)
The song will be released as a limited edition 7″ single on September 6 via The Knife’s Rabid Records in Europe, and September 14 in the U.S. via Mute.