Here’s another extraordinary find. An EP produced in the digital age with an analogue photo on the album cover. Let’s have it for The Raveonettes.
Released on April 24, 2012, Into the Night is The Raveonettes’ fifth EP. Guitarist Sune Rose Wagner himself describes it as ”a delightfully damaged ode to the letdowns of love.”
The image on the cover shows Raveonettes bassist Sharin Foo, standing by a window of a darkened room, with the shadow of the window pane frame slicing across her figure. The striped arm is presumably Sune Rose Wagner’s, the other half of the Danish duo.
The photograph was shot by Los Angeles-based film photographer Amber Marie Chavez, who works in inexorable collaboration with her twin sister Ashlie. The twins have been shooting exclusively analogue for more than a decade.
The play of shadows and the black-white-gray monochromatic palette create a simple yet distinctive visualization of the album’s theme (Sharin looks as if she could really be heartbroken) and an upside-down literal translation of the album title.
THE TRACK LIST
1. Into the Night
2. Night Comes Out
3. Too Close
4. Bad Ghosts
Sharin Foo (bass, guitar, vocals) and Sune Rose Wagner (guitar, vocals) are The Raveonettes. They met in Copenhagen and recorded their debut album Whip It On after forming the band. _Whip It Out won as the Best Rock Album of the Year at the Danish Album awards.
The Danish indie rock duo was officially discovered by Rolling Stone editor David Fricke at the SPOT festival in Denmark. They’ve had seven other releases after Whip It Out: Chain Gang of Love, Pretty in Black, Lust Lust Lust, In and Out of Control, Raven in the Grave, Observator, and Into the Night.
The name ”Raveonettes” is a direct allusion to 60’s girl group The Ronettes and Buddy Holly’s song, ”Rave On.”
There are only four tracks in this album; a succinct yet sufficient repertoire.
It would be so easy to fall short with only four songs, but with an opening/title track truly as engaging, and follow up tracks that prettify despondency and heartbreak in a fluid fusion of two-part vocal harmonies, emotionally driven lyrics, fuzzy but cutting guitars and healthy doses of electronic instrumentation, Into the Night satiates.
The dreamy-and-electronic Raveonettes formula is there. Again that formula has successfully concocted audibly appeasing pieces. The only thing I don’t like about formulas is that without even intending to, several tracks in an entire album tend to sound like one twenty-minute song.
Till the next Weekend Album Review!