It was a nice surprise to see a new album from The Raveonettes (my favorite Danish duo) drop with little notice. Drowned In Sound posted an exclusive interview with Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes about it, which also includes a Spotify stream (with commentary!). Personally, I haven’t heard this version, but I may have found a link to download it when it dropped though it’s also on Rdio (if downloading isn’t your thing). I’m still debating on whether to order it on Amazon and whether to get Vinyl or CD, I do like giant sized artwork and photos.
The Daily Rind blog posted this official release about it on July 22nd:
Turns out Beyoncé isn’t the only one who can put out an album sans pre-release build-up. The Raveonettes decided to break the rules a little by announcing and releasing their new album, Pe’ahi, all in the same day, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83‘s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming),Pe’ahi explores a different sound for The Raveonettes. They create a new musical world, one with “choirs, harps, digital bit crushing, rhythmic changes, unconventional song structures, different ways of singing, staccato, machine gun guitar picking, and a somewhat schizophrenic universe,” according to frontman Sune Rose Wagner.
Pe’ahi, which was recorded entirely in a 20th century apartment building in downtown Los Angeles, is named after a dangerous surfing destination in Maui, Hawaii. The opening track, “Endless Sleeper,” talks about “taking risks in order to exist,” and draws from a near-death experience that took place on the island. This sets the tone for the album as one that “would only have been possible to make on the West Coast. Sun, surf, the Pacific, vast spaces yet a sense of isolation.” Pe’ahi is at the same time dark and bright, heavy and light, and oh-so-worth your listen.
Check out fall tour dates after the jump and get your hands on Pe’ahi from your store or service of choice now!
The Raveonettes Tour Dates:
09-22 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s
09-23 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
09-24 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
09-26 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
09-27 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
09-29 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
09-30 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10-01 – Washington, DC – Black Cat