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Raveonettes, Pe’ahi (The Beat Dies Records)
CD Reviews- 8/21/2014

08/21/14



 For 2014, the Danish noise-pop duo decided to walk the walk, immersing itself in Cali surf culture for real rather than just trying to fake the vibe. But regardless, Pe’ahi isn’t as Everly Brothers as anything from their past oeuvre, and in fact this is propelled by breakbeats more than anything else. No, that doesn’t mean they’ve turned into Cirrus or whatever; the swirly noise and basic percussion are as pronounced as ever, the usual My Bloody Valentine-on-steroids sound intact. They’ve futzed with their song structures too, but only to the extent that songs seem to end and then start back up again without warning, all of which emphasizes the unpredictability of life, I suppose, examined lyrically in main singer Sune Rose Wagner’s coming to terms with his recently deceased father in songs like “Kill” and “Summer Ends,” this along with the usual cleverly disguised rants on infidelity (“A Hell Below”) and such. It’s their heaviest record yet, that’s for sure, but the bright Everly sun-washes are still half the deal.  A

— Eric W. Saeger






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