The Danish-bred, American-based fuzz pop duo The Raveonettes are thrilled to announce the release of their new album "Raven In The Grave" - out today on Vice Records. In support of their new record which Spin Magazine praises for "exploring ever-subtler scenarios of creepiness, with a notably unfuzzy swoon of crystalline synths and possible age-inappropriate pathos," the duo are currently on a North American headlining tour. Tour dates below.
It doesn't take long to hear how the band has superseded their traditional sound - a sound that has been praised by countless critics and co-opted by so many other great bands (The Drums, Best Coast, Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls). Of course, melody is still key to what The Raveonettes do, but the familiar bombastic beats and squalls of guitar-noise take a backseat during much of "Raven In The Grave." Instead, the album is awash with ghostly synths and chillingly beautiful riffs that leave you feeling simultaneously unsettled and enchanted. It's easily the most soulful music the duo has created to date.
Early praise includes Newsday who applauds "Raven In The Grave" for it's "pillowy synths and poppier guitar riffs. ... somewhere between Smashing Pumpkins circa 1979 and New Order around Low Life." The AV Club goes on to say "the record is another slab of Crystals-meets-Creation scum-pop, boasting a confidence earned from several years in the gutter-plus some of the band's most effective (and affecting) ballads to date." The Chicago Sun Times adds "[Raven In The Grave] hums with menace, strums with sad beauty and glows in a hazy twilight."