Hear This: Fever Dream - Soy Howser
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Iceland’s Fever Dream describes herself as a fem-powered horror rapper, which might sound jarring at first, but her tracks end up being wildly accessible through catchy rhythmic wordplay and eclectic musical influences.
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You’ll find some atmospheric similarities to a group like Die Antwoord in her music, but while the former tends to pair dystopian vibes with a sense of erratic playfulness, Fever Dream instead pairs the darker productions with more seductive and chilled out grooves. The result? The Icelandic rapper finds a real sweet spot somewhere between familiar and fresh.
Her 2018 EP Nom De Guerre exemplifies the horror rap sound, but it’s the single ‘Soy Howser’ that both steals the show and highlights the young musician’s range. One aspect of modern rap that has a hard time attracting new fans is the oversimplified beats. If a droning loop over stuttering trap hi-hats isn’t your thing, fear not, as ‘Soy Howser’ is one of the more intricate and simply satisfying rap instrumentals that we've heard in a minute.
Slow rising synths are fused with touches of sax, which make the track’s cumulative sound reminiscent of glitch-hop
If you’re digging this video, check out the Nom De Guerre EP in full on either Soundcloud or Spotify. Additionally, Fever Dream just announced several tour dates across Europe, where she’ll be warming up for
10.11 - Iceland Airwaves
15.11 - Stuttgart - Merlin
18.11 - Berlin - Musik & Frieden
19.11 - Hannover - LUX
21.11 - Bremen - Lagerhaus