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Fever Ray — Keep The Streets Empty For Me
Album: Fever Ray
Avg rating:
7.4

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2684









Released: 2009
Length: 5:30
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Memory comes when memory's old
I am never the first to know
Following the stream up North
Where do people like us float

There is room in my lap
For bruises, asses, handclaps
I will never disappear
For forever, I'll be here

Whispering
Morning, keep the streets empty for me
Morning, keep the streets empty for me

I'm laying down, eating snow
My fur is hot, my tongue is cold
On a bed of spider web
I think of how to change myself

A lot of hope in a one man tent
There's no room for innocence
Take me home before the storm
Velvet mites will keep us warm

Whispering
Morning, keep the streets empty for me

Uncover our heads and reveal our souls
We were hungry before we were born
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Vikings!!
Max Volume
 markybx wrote:

True, twist our bodies through 180 degrees AND change sex. If there are too many males then change to female and vice versa. Wouldn't that be cool?

 
"Ok, you change first."

"No, you."

"No, I was male before you were even born. You change."

"No, I'm young and have way too much hormones. You change."

"Will anyone please think of the children, for ONCE?"


The Shins - Turn On Me 
Feist - Caught A Long Wind 
Sivert Hoyem - Blown Away 
Fever Ray - Keep The Streets Empty For Me 

Divinely inspired playlists like this is why I love RP! 
Nice, warmly cold .Just the way I like it.


 MJdub wrote:
I'm starting an electro-blues band named Fever Ray Vaughan.  We haven't gotten any gigs yet....
The cover is way cool; love a good woodcut.

 
One of the best comments I've ever seen!
mysterious
Great groove and beat=8; that singing though, drops to 6
Everything I have heard from this album is extraordinary.  It just struck me that this song in particular is a worthy successor of songs from the great Joy Division albums, and reaches the same heights (or depths).
Second Fever Ray song today, sweet!
 averybadcat wrote:


Back in the day, when we were still fish, we could do this anytime.

 
True, twist our bodies through 180 degrees AND change sex. If there are too many males then change to female and vice versa. Wouldn't that be cool?
Sittin by the brook in my backyard sippin a beer and whatever else. Sun is setting song was right on for the moment
jjtwister 
I do like a good slinky occasionally.
This the reason why I listen to Radio Paradise, I hear new stuff.  I've never heard this before and instantly like it.  Fever Ray also did the theme song to Vikings, another excellent track on its own.  Fever Ray is a project name, check out The Knife, this is where they come from. {#War}
love it - so many good female singers out there
Those wacky Swedes!
 JasondotG wrote:
The Knife. 

 
Well, 50% of The Knife; from Wikipedia: "Fever Ray is the debut solo album by Fever Ray, an alias of Karin Dreijer Andersson of Swedish electronic music duo The Knife."
The Knife. 
 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song about empty streets and whatnot...

cross-sectioned photo bloomers3-nakedpeoplecross-sectioned_zps99a605f1.jpg 

 
Now that looks like something a professional dancer would appreciate.

Only on RP...... 
I'm starting an electro-blues band named Fever Ray Vaughan.  We haven't gotten any gigs yet....
The cover is way cool; love a good woodcut.
I may carbon copy cat the cover ART.
nice
Never heard this before.  Most excellent!
 ckcotton wrote:
7.3!!!!!!

HOW???!!!! 
 
I know, right?  Should be way higher!
I don't know.....I think this is kind of trippy. But then again, it might just be triggering an acid flashback :^ )
The percussion panning from left to right is pretty cool. And the drone sound is definitely one of my weaknesses
...must be the years of "abusing" psychedelics.
 ckcotton wrote:
7.3!!!!!!

HOW???!!!! 
 
"HOW" ... does everyone not agree with you?  I can't imagine.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I agree with Proclivities.
Crumb is the cross-hatch king; the Fever Ray illustration uses a different style/method.

https://www.amoeba.com/sized-images/maxs/800/800/uploads/merch/crumb_johnson_sage_green.png

 

CRUMB THE GENIUS!!!
next 10!!
 Proclivities wrote:
 boober wrote:

Mr. Crumb's reaction is the same as mine to your comment. Meh!

Be like 2 fried eggs.....keep your sunnyside up!

Boober 


{#Cheers}  though I doubt that would be his reaction.

 


Charles Burns    (this music is awesome! and Anders does fantastic art)
7.3!!!!!!

HOW???!!!! 
 boober wrote:

Mr. Crumb's reaction is the same as mine to your comment. Meh!

Be like 2 fried eggs.....keep your sunnyside up!

Boober 


{#Cheers}  though I doubt that would be his reaction.
 Proclivities wrote:
To me, other than the work being in black and white, it looks very little like any works by R. Crumb.  For one thing, it appears to be mimicking the look of a woodcut or scratchboard, not a work of fine-line pen and ink as Crumb has predominantly done, also, the use of solid black is much more dense than in Crumb's work, which is generally all done with cross-hatching. . . . (edit)
 
I agree with Proclivities.
Crumb is the cross-hatch king; the Fever Ray illustration uses a different style/method.

https://www.amoeba.com/sized-images/maxs/800/800/uploads/merch/crumb_johnson_sage_green.png
 Proclivities wrote:

To me, other than the work being in black and white, it looks very little like any works by R. Crumb.  For one thing, it appears to be mimicking the look of a woodcut or scratchboard, not a work of fine-line pen and ink as Crumb has predominantly done, also, the use of solid black is much more dense than in Crumb's work, which is generally all done with cross-hatching.  It does bear more of a resemblance to works by Charles Burns, but his style has developed largely from the illustrators, cartoonists, and comic book artists who preceded him, so his is arguably not an altogether "new" style (not that anyone's is).  After all, black and white illustration has been done for over 1,000 years.  Anyhow, that illustrator's name is Martin Ander - nice work.

 
Mr. Crumb's reaction is the same as mine to your comment. Meh!

Be like 2 fried eggs.....keep your sunnyside up!

Boober


 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song about empty streets and whatnot...

cross-sectioned photo bloomers3-nakedpeoplecross-sectioned_zps99a605f1.jpg 

 

Back in the day, when we were still fish, we could do this anytime.
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song about empty streets and whatnot...

cross-sectioned photo bloomers3-nakedpeoplecross-sectioned_zps99a605f1.jpg 
It really amazes me - just how much this group gets on my very last nerve....  Everything they do rubs me the wrong way  - I rarely do this, but its the PSD button for me!!
kate bush in there here and there
Gotta love her voice!!!! Excellent song
I've heard this a few times meow, but I can't recall ever hearing The Knife.
grooving on that hypnotic trans pop beat.. {#Music}
Very sublime. The Swedes make good music indeed....
 boober wrote:

It looks like someone copied the artwork of one Mr. Robert Crumb.

 
To me, other than the work being in black and white, it looks very little like any works by R. Crumb.  For one thing, it appears to be mimicking the look of a woodcut or scratchboard, not a work of fine-line pen and ink as Crumb has predominantly done, also, the use of solid black is much more dense than in Crumb's work, which is generally all done with cross-hatching.  It does bear more of a resemblance to works by Charles Burns, but his style has developed largely from the illustrators, cartoonists, and comic book artists who preceded him, so his is arguably not an altogether "new" style (not that anyone's is).  After all, black and white illustration has been done for over 1,000 years.  Anyhow, that illustrator's name is Martin Ander - nice work.
 ckcotton wrote:
There MUST be a way to rate this lower then 1

 

 

Try to figure that out after you've learned the difference between 'then' and 'than.'


What a mood, fantastic
There MUST be a way to rate this lower then 1

 
 bev wrote:
I think the voice is similar to Cyndi Lauper! Not a bad thing IMHO. Nice tune; and as always a seamless and beautiful segue from Mercy Street.

 

Agreed
thanks  
I enjoy this as much as Batt for Lashes and Yoko...


NOT IN THE LEAST

Absolutely annoying.. 
That is the biggest slinkee I've ever seen in her hands.
 Nenelena wrote:
I love so much this song. {#Crown}

 
Thinking exactly the same thing.  Am I too old for this?


 bev wrote:
I think the voice is similar to Cyndi Lauper! Not a bad thing IMHO. Nice tune…
 
Yes, Cyndi Lauper with improved enunciation.
I think the voice is similar to Cyndi Lauper! Not a bad thing IMHO. Nice tune; and as always a seamless and beautiful segue from Mercy Street.
A brilliant transition from another song (no, I will not say which one) which I also rate a 10 and I had never noticed being related to this song.

BillG is on a roll!
I love so much this song. {#Crown}
A few years on and I'm still loving this. Great hearing snippets of her in tv shows. >>>>{#Clap}
10.
  
You certainly are keeping the streets empty, love.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Just got this album on the strength of repeated plays on RP.  Got to say, it is one of the strangest yet most enjoyable albums I have ever bought. ... Thanks Mr & Mrs G.

 
Ditto.  Hope she puts out another Fever Ray effort soon.
WHY?!!!!!!
 
Product Detailshey boober, try Charles Burns, you won't be disappointed!

 hayduke2 wrote:
very cool song    the cover art is kind of neat too, like a comicbook artist did a portrait of this 80's Soho artist Aimee Rankin (later nameing herself Aimee Morgana), she was a young artist-witch who constructed assemblages' and environments from animal bones, fur and stuff as well as dildos and sex toys - almost like each art-piece was a spell being cast

 
It looks like someone copied the artwork of one Mr. Robert Crumb.


suuuuuper  {#Heartkiss}  !!!!!
{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}  8 >>>>>>>> 9
 RichardArthur wrote:
Channeling Patti Smith via the XX?

 
Kinda! Kinda!
10
Fantastic song!
The whole album is very well produced...great sound.
I'm watching Lion Battle Zone as I listen to this love stuff.
This is a very strange song.

I bought the album after my first listening on RP.

It is just a great.
This is a very starnge song.

I bought the album after my first listening on RP.

It is just a great.
very cool song    the cover art is kind of neat too, like a comicbook artist did a portrait of this 80's Soho artist Aimee Rankin (later nameing herself Aimee Morgana), she was a young artist-witch who constructed assemblages' and environments from animal bones, fur and stuff as well as dildos and sex toys - almost like each art-piece was a spell being cast
Ironically, I cannot stand Bjork but I love this song a lot - just upgraded my rating to 10, which I am fairly stingy with.  Somehow, even though they both have decently strong Scandinavian accents, on Fever Ray it works. Not sure it makes sense, but there you have it.




I cannot take the synth drum dah-dah-dah-dah-dah that goes throughout this drone-y, Bjorkish song. I have to mute it, I'm afraid.
nice segway from Sivert Hoyem's Blown Away.{#High-five}
 RichardArthur wrote:
Channeling Patti Smith via the XX?

 

Spot on description! {#Yes}
Channeling Patti Smith via the XX?
Just got this album on the strength of repeated plays on RP.  Got to say, it is one of the strangest yet most enjoyable albums I have ever bought.  On repeat in my car.  Thanks Mr & Mrs G.
Love her freaky-creepy voice!  Love!  Love!  Love!  (shows restraint and does not post emoticon)  I mean, like, she's levitating those letters between her hands, man!
 bmccaul wrote:
clipped
 ...
How does one see when a song was played or how many times total?  Even the last time played is difficult for me to find, because by the time I hear the song and go to the song page, the Last Time Played is then, instead of the previous time!
 
Yeah, I wonder that, too.  All I see is last played = now, and number of plays in the last 30 days. 

I've also poked around a lot on the website and cannot find any location that would support a claim that this song has been played "152 times since it was introduced".  But let's assume 4 years since introduction and timmus' assertion of 152 plays:

(4 years x 365.25 days/year) / (152 plays) = an average of 9.61 days per play = 230.68 hours between plays = NOT heavy rotation
I love this track for its tense, haunting, atmospheric quality. It makes me stop and listen every time I hear it. 
I have only listened to RP for about a year and I think it is fair to say that it is undoubtedly the finest station I have ever had the privilege to have found.  There is room out there for everything musical and I am happier for the experience, whether I consider a song enjoyable or not.  Many thanks Mr & Mrs G.  Long may you reign.
 boober wrote:

Okay,I'm about the 5th person to reply to this blog.

Mister timmus.....if you can do better.....go for it.
I like this station,the rotation,the attention to detail etc.

Yes this song is probably played more than most but....it got me to know Fever Ray(which freaks out my kids).

It's all good my man!(or woman)      

 
6th reply :-)

I'm also a frequent RP listener that switches to other stations occasionally, but none compare to RP for me. 

My main reason for commenting, though, is to ask:
How does one see when a song was played or how many times total.  Even the last time played is difficult for me to find, because by the time I hear the song and go to the song page, the Last Time Played is then, instead of the previous time!
 timmus wrote:
I'm on this page because I was pondering Radio Paradise and the tendency for songs to get excessively overplayed.  I decided to check up on this one since it's one of the biggies that comes to mind, and I see it's still in heavy rotation after almost 3 years.  So far Radio Paradise has played this 152 times since it was introduced.

I think at some point we've got to agree there's a problem.  Bill is recycling old playlists or is just not freshening up the content like he used to.  I really liked RP back in the day, but lately I've found myself more and more tuning into other stations like Dynamic Range Radio.
 
Okay,I'm about the 5th person to reply to this blog.

Mister timmus.....if you can do better.....go for it.
I like this station,the rotation,the attention to detail etc.

Yes this song is probably played more than most but....it got me to know Fever Ray(which freaks out my kids).

It's all good my man!(or woman)      
 pvg44 wrote:

Who is this "we," kemosabe?  Speak for yourself.

 

I agree. RP is one guy and his wife sharing the music they love with the world. Of course they have favorites. So do I. If I were spinning the discs you'd hear Kings of Leon everyday. If you don't like it hit the PSD button and appreciate this awesome station! Thank for sharing Bill!
 timmus wrote:
I'm on this page because I was pondering Radio Paradise and the tendency for songs to get excessively overplayed.  I decided to check up on this one since it's one of the biggies that comes to mind, and I see it's still in heavy rotation after almost 3 years.  So far Radio Paradise has played this 152 times since it was introduced.

I think at some point we've got to agree there's a problem.  Bill is recycling old playlists or is just not freshening up the content like he used to.  I really liked RP back in the day, but lately I've found myself more and more tuning into other stations like Dynamic Range Radio.

 
Who is this "we," kemosabe?  Speak for yourself.

Chalkboard and fingernails.  -1.


 timmus wrote:
I'm on this page because I was pondering Radio Paradise and the tendency for songs to get excessively overplayed.  I decided to check up on this one since it's one of the biggies that comes to mind, and I see it's still in heavy rotation after almost 3 years.  So far Radio Paradise has played this 152 times since it was introduced.

I think at some point we've got to agree there's a problem.  Bill is recycling old playlists or is just not freshening up the content like he used to.  I really liked RP back in the day, but lately I've found myself more and more tuning into other stations like Dynamic Range Radio.

 
Agreed
 timmus wrote:
I'm on this page because I was pondering Radio Paradise and the tendency for songs to get excessively overplayed.  I decided to check up on this one since it's one of the biggies that comes to mind, and I see it's still in heavy rotation after almost 3 years.  So far Radio Paradise has played this 152 times since it was introduced.

I think at some point we've got to agree there's a problem.  Bill is recycling old playlists or is just not freshening up the content like he used to.  I really liked RP back in the day, but lately I've found myself more and more tuning into other stations like Dynamic Range Radio.

 
Wow, you must be a really heavy listener or just unlucky to be bothered by a song that is being played once every 7 days or so. Or perhaps you have too much time on your hands. This is so much less repetition than your average FM station gets away with.

I listen to RP pretty much 9 to 5 Monday to Friday, plus some weekend listening and I still find this song is fresh enough to make me want to stop what I am doing, kick back and listen.

Every now and again I wander away from RP, on a suck it and see exercise, when folks such as you offer up alternative stations. Whilst they seem fresh I have always found that I drift back to RP. I haven't tried DRR so I'll give them a go.



 Who cares? I just want to listen to good music, and Bill has been on a roll today. I would think you have bigger problems, but what do i know. Thanks for the music RP.


timmus wrote:
I'm on this page because I was pondering Radio Paradise and the tendency for songs to get excessively overplayed.  I decided to check up on this one since it's one of the biggies that comes to mind, and I see it's still in heavy rotation after almost 3 years.  So far Radio Paradise has played this 152 times since it was introduced.

I think at some point we've got to agree there's a problem.  Bill is recycling old playlists or is just not freshening up the content like he used to.  I really liked RP back in the day, but lately I've found myself more and more tuning into other stations like Dynamic Range Radio.

 


I'm on this page because I was pondering Radio Paradise and the tendency for songs to get excessively overplayed.  I decided to check up on this one since it's one of the biggies that comes to mind, and I see it's still in heavy rotation after almost 3 years.  So far Radio Paradise has played this 152 times since it was introduced.

I think at some point we've got to agree there's a problem.  Bill is recycling old playlists or is just not freshening up the content like he used to.  I really liked RP back in the day, but lately I've found myself more and more tuning into other stations like Dynamic Range Radio.

really really nice...  love it...
 
 

JIan wrote:
milleronic
(Minnesota)
Posted: Apr 13, 2013 - 15:27
 

 
I'm assuming the referenced comment was meant sarcastically, but if not: 'listener abuse' - the hyperbole has finally achieved privileged status! Try changing the station, hit the PSD button, or just sit in a dark, quiet room until you realize you're not a special flower, just a walking sack of tripe like the rest of us. Oh, and have a nice day! 



To milleronic: {#Clap}  {#High-five}



 
Wow! You're totally right, this song is amazing now.  Don't know how I didn't see it before.  Both musically and lyrically this is now the best song I've ever heard!  Must have been that time I spent in a dark quiet room.  Anyways thanks for the tip buddy and I hope this message finds you well.
milleronic
(Minnesota)
Posted: Apr 13, 2013 - 15:27
 

 ogoldsby wrote:
This song needs a rest.  There are plenty of songs in the world.  Playing this song any more than once a month should be considered listener abuse.

  
I'm assuming the referenced comment was meant sarcastically, but if not: 'listener abuse' - the hyperbole has finally achieved privileged status! Try changing the station, hit the PSD button, or just sit in a dark, quiet room until you realize you're not a special flower, just a walking sack of tripe like the rest of us. Oh, and have a nice day! 



To milleronic: {#Clap}  {#High-five}


It's amazing - and nice - how different people are listening this station!

Rating this song 8 -> 9.


Every time I hear it I like it more. Must look into the album.
its Bjorkish
 ogoldsby wrote:
This song needs a rest.  There are plenty of songs in the world.  Playing this song any more than once a month should be considered listener abuse.

 
I'm assuming the referenced comment was meant sarcastically, but if not: 'listener abuse' - the hyperbole has finally achieved privileged status! Try changing the station, hit the PSD button, or just sit in a dark, quiet room until you realize you're not a special flower, just a walking sack of tripe like the rest of us. Oh, and have a nice day! 
The whole album is pure bliss. 
 ogoldsby wrote:
 wrote:
My first post here, please stop playing this. I have to change music every time it comes on 
 
I agree.  This song is ruining RP for me
 
A lot of people seem to like it. 7.3 is up there...
Best song ever heard

This really is a marvelous song...  love it...
 
I agree with Chpan, Take a break.
I love this song. It makes me want to get up and move. It comes on and I sing along. Great song in my opinion. {#Dancingbanana}
Just love it...
Started at 6 and gone up to an 8. {#Dance}
Cracking album!
 wrote:
My first post here, please stop playing this. I have to change music every time it comes on 
 
I agree.  This song is ruining RP for me
yowling cat
This song needs a rest.  There are plenty of songs in the world.  Playing this song any more than once a month should be considered listener abuse.
Not heard this song for a while didn't care much for it then...but now...I think I have my ears open this morning and really liking it{#Cool}
One day I will like this song.
We've heard this one a lot recently, don't mind the song, but it could use a break from the rotation.

brilliant mood music...  love it...
No offense ogoldsby, but i hope to hear this song again and others from this artist previously unknown to me on RP.
This is probably the worst song that gets played on this station
 kcar wrote:

It's a cult isn't it, Jim?

I'm afraid so, Mary. 
 

All of you are welcome anytime!

Love this song...

 
I enjoyed that a lot.
You either get this stuff or you don't. I get it and thank God I do. 
 Saire wrote:
Sounds a little bit like The Knife to me ... But it is nearly 1am here and I'm so tired I could be hallucinating.
 
No need for hallucination - Fever Ray is the solo venture of Karin Dreijer, half of the Knife. The other is Olof Dreijer (aka DJ Coolof), her brother. New material coming soon, I hear! {#Mrgreen}
 mandolin wrote:
Everybody in my office went to meet the folks from Romeo's hotel room over at Lazarus' church...
 
It's a cult isn't it, Jim?

I'm afraid so, Mary.