Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Curse the Night

Song: Curse the Night
Artist: The Raveonettes
Album: Observator

I've gone in and out of being interested in the Raveonettes from album to album over the years, was tired of "their thing" it seemed, but since I saw they were putting out a new record I decided to give it a chance... and oddly, I think it might be my favorite record of theirs.

"Observator," the sixth album by Danish indie rock duo apparently got much of its inspiration from a three-day booze and drug bender Richard Gottehrer went on in Venice Beach while looking for inspiration for the album.  (Partly spawned by depression due to a back injury.)  The album was recorded in Sunset Sound Studios, a location the Doors used, which excited Gottehrer because of "ghosts."

The album does sound like The Raveonettes, though I hear less of the vintage rock & roll song-structures and simplistic chords of the past and hear a harkening back to the Modern/Alternative rock of the 80's and 90's, coupled with their reverb-soaked sound.  As I listened to this record I got vibes from Madder Rose, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure, even a little early R.E.M.

It's a woozy, druggy album for sure, and not for all tastes but I'm really digging this.

"Curse the Night" has become my favorite.  Great atmosphere.


Curse the Night
The Enemy

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