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The Raveonettes - 'Pe'ahi'
The Danish duo's seventh album is a fuzz-drenched meditation on grief
Instead Sune’s disorientating grief makes ‘Pe’ahi’, announced and released by the band on the same day, an emotional ricochet of a record. Drenching its sunny melodies in static and distortion until it sounds like My Bloody Valentine gone surfin’, it avoids slipping into moroseness, careering between the upbeat pop of, erm, ‘A Hell Below’ (in which a poltergeist Gerry & The Pacemakers stream a gig from the Other Side through your knackered radio), the fire-in-the-ballroom violence of ‘Sisters’ and the funky fuzz of ‘Killer In The Streets’, which sounds like it's exposing a psychopathic spree. Even at its most reflective, when Sune recalls being left waiting home alone as a child on ‘Wake Me Up’, it’s steeped in soulful trip-hop that forms a cloak of nostalgia.
If ‘Pe’ahi’ is a tribute to Sune’s father, it’s a warts-and-all portrayal of a turbulent relationship, but one delivered with a tenderness and intensity that propels the very concept of the retro garage duo into a fresh sonic stratosphere. Drop in, it’s an exhilarating descent.
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