Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 14:00

Charting the Music: The Raveonettes, 'Observator'

Charting the Music: The Raveonettes, 'Observator' facebook.com/theraveonettes
Written by Travis Dettmann
Rate this item
(0 votes)

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.

Discover more new music on all the 88.1 KDHX charts.

Upcoming Concerts

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


Search Parties

Tue September 9

88.1 KDHX Shows

m-mix.jpg

KDHX Recommends

September
Saturday
20

The Thin Dimes at Harvest Sessions 2014

The Thin Dimes at Harvest Sessions 2014 Harvest Sessions welcomes the old-time country blues of the Thin Dimes for this weekend's concert in the park. This free Saturday morning concert series takes place at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market, and runs May through...


September
Saturday
20

Tower of Song: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen and 80th Birthday Party

Tower of Song: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen and 80th Birthday Party Leonard Cohen started out as a poet, and poetry -- ecstatic, spiritual, erotic and political -- suffuses all of his work. When he launched a career as a songwriter and singer in the '60s, only Bob Dylan could match his visionary...


September
Saturday
20

Lee Fields and The Expressions

KDHX welcomes Lee Fields and The Expressions to 2720 Cherokee on Saturday, September 20 at 8pm.   Tickets on sale now at www.ticketweb.com.


Online Users

8 users and 13115 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook