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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 14:00

Charting the Music: The Raveonettes, 'Observator'

Charting the Music: The Raveonettes, 'Observator'
Written by Travis Dettmann

The Raveonettes are back, finding a happy medium between the beach and outer space on "Observator."

"Observator" is a tidal wave of fuzz and reverb driven by a Danish duo of Fender fanatics. No need to panic; it's just best to go with the flow of the band's sixth album.

88.1 KDHX Chart Position: #1 CMJ Top 30 for the week of October 9, 2012.

Record label, release date and producer: Vice Records released "Observator" on September 11, 2012. The album was produced by the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner and Sire Records co-founder Richard Gottehrer.

Can be heard on: Train of Thought with Nick Cowan, Rocket 88 with Darren Snow and Hindsight with Matt.

RIYL: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Warpaint and Memoryhouse.

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark.

Standout tracks: "Sinking With the Sun" is best enjoyed using over-ear headphones at a vociferous volume. Not even the most talented hypnotist could be so mesmerizing. "Till the End" doesn't disappoint as a final song. Listen while driving: it's a great soundtrack for pushing the speed limit.

About the producer: Richard Gottehrer has been around the block more than a few times. Starting as a songwriter in the music business, co-writing the song "I Want Candy" by the Strangeloves, he became the co-founder of Sire Records in 1966. He produced Blondie's debut self-titled album as well as Richard Hell and the Voivoids' "Blank Generation." He is currently producing albums for Los Angeles' Dum Dum Girls.

Did you know?: During the writing process, inspiration in Venice Beach turned into a depression-related, multi-day substance binge for the Raveonettes' co-founder Sune Rose Wagner. "Observator" was tracked at Hollywood's Sunset Sound Recorders, famous for recording Van Halen, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.

Play it while: While lounging on the beach, whether physically or mentally.

What the critcs say: "The Raveonettes are widely known as another one of the Jesus And Mary Chain’s spiritual descendants because of an affinity for noisy guitar effects (a comparison 'Observator' dutifully reinforces), but that distinction often overlooks the songwriting that goes underneath the racket. Lush, nocturnal atmospheres and curtains of reverb certainly define the Raveonettes' sound, but the group isn’t dependent upon a collection of stomp boxes and post-production tricks. Bypass guitarist-singer Sune Rose Wagner's pedal chain, and most of 'Observator' is still worth a listen, in stark contrast to some of the trite songwriting other acts obscure with reverb." Matt Schild, A.V. Club.

KDHX coverage: The Raveonettes recently stopped by the KDHX studios for a live performance and Annah Bender reviewed the band's September 28, 2012 concert at the Firebird.

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