don't you tell me how i feel.

who loves the sun? by v
November 1, 2012, 8:42 am
Filed under: angsty boy alert, melancholy shit, moody, New music, Shit I love

The Raveonettes’ new Observator is currently ranking high on my albums-of-the-year list — somewhat surprising, since I’d always felt lukewarm about them previously. But this! 

Here, the Danish fuzz-rock duo have crafted something deliciously bleak, complete with urgent, androgynous vocals and plaintive, searing guitars aplenty (see “Sinking With the Sun,” above). The stark album opener “Young and Cold” drumlessly sets the tone for the misery to follow: tales of violence, obsession, unrequited love, and “meeting the end,” a phrase that recurs throughout. Apparently, the album was written after singer/guitarist Sune Rose Wagner was diagnosed with clinical depression, proving yet again that art benefits from misery.

Though I’d like to imagine the Raveonettes made Observator in a drafty haunted house in the middle of nowhere, it turns out they recorded it at L.A.’s Sunset Sound (where the Doors famously recorded their first two albums, for you Jim Morrison geeks). But no matter. THE CALIFORNIA SUNSHINE DID NOT PENETRATE

Stream the whole record here immediately.


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