Release Date: Apr 24, 2012
Record label: The Orchard Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Noise Pop
The Raveonettes waste no time getting Into the Night off the ground. A vintage sounding guitar kicks off the title track before it explodes into one of the band’s most memorable songs. Their 1950’s pop revivalism-meets-Jesus and Mary Chain approach is nearing perfection and “Into the Night” is proof. After an opening as strong as that it would’ve been easy for this EP to lose momentum but the band has consistently proven to be in peak form across EPs and Into the Night ends up being one of their absolute strongest.
The band name says it all doesn’t it? From their name alone you might be able to deduce that The Raveonettes are heavily influenced by Sixties girl/boy groups and that parts of their record sound like something Phil Spector produced. I mean, not their sound as a whole, which is pretty garagey, but little touches, like those strings which gorgeously play out as the title track comes to a close. However, you would need to actually listen to the band to note music dripping with an unmistakable Velvet Underground influence and Jesus and Mary Chain fuzziness which coats the bitterness and loss characterising much of the band’s lyrics.
The Raveonettes have always been a great singles band. Their noisy, glittering pop nuggets sound best when isolated; sometimes an album's worth of them can be a little too much. Into the Night solves that problem by delivering four of the duo's brightest, poppiest tunes yet. Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo don't waste time with anything dark, emotional, or atmospheric; instead, the songs are like concentrated bursts of distorted AM pop.
According to the press release for Into the Night, the latest EP from The Raveonettes is “a delightfully damaged ode to the letdowns of lost love” and is filled “with dreamy harmonies that only Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo could create. ” What is it about Spector girl group vocals and reverb that make them go together so well with bitterness, heartbreak, and the fallout of love that’s gone? In any case, The Raveonettes know it, and they’ve been using it to their advantage for a decade now. Into the Night’s opening title track features singing of the whispered, dreamy variety underneath layers of Jesus and Mary Chain-esque reverb.