The Raveonettes – Pe’ahi

By Wright Franklin
KRUA Music Manager

What’s warm and fuzzy and melodic all over? The new Raveonettes album. Seriously, this album has more fuzz on it than the lint catcher in your dryer. The Danish duo have carved an unmistakable niche in their sound, creating an orchestral soundtrack veiled in waves of surf rock. The songs contain flooring melodies and riffs, encapsulated in a cocoon of shoe gaze. Pe’ahi sounds like a surf competition being held in the middle of an apocalypse.

The lyrics, although understated in the mixes, are one of the high points of the album. The delivery is filled with anxiety and teenage angst. The bouncy “Wake Me Up” is overflowing with emotion, striking ephemeral and dissonant chords during the vocals of chorus, “To say goodbye is to die a little bit.” A lot of the lyrics read like a teenage goth’s notebook. These words from “A Hell Below” seem to be very reminiscent of The Smiths: “I don’t feel like going to the movies tonight / Why don’t we stroll to the cemetery?”

Creating nightmarish but beautiful landscapes is exactly what The Raveonettes pull off best with this project. “The Rains Of May” has almost a Bossa nova beat, transitioning midway into what seems to be a totally new song. The darkest, grittiest song is definitely “Kill!”. It gets into a scary electronic groove not dissimilar to Aphex Twin. The light and dreamy ending of “When The Night Is Almost Done” sounds like Beach Boys song played at 1/2 speed. With the chords of “Summer Ends”, a final wall-of-sound surf-gaze anthem, the labyrinthine fever dream that is Pe’ahi is concluded.

8.5/10

Track List:

1. Endless Sleeper
2. Sisters
3. Killer In The Streets
4. Wake Me Up
5. Z-Boys
6. A Hell Below
7. The Rains Of May
8. Kill!
9. When Night Is Almost Done
10. Summer Ends

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