All praise these melancholy Danes! From the first, this boy/girl duo had an instantly recognizable sound and aura to them. Of course, that shouldn't have been surprising, seeing as all of the songs on their first album were in B-minor, featured no more than three chords, and clocked in at three minutes or less. They opened things up only slightly on their second LP (B-major!), and just a little bit more on their third, this year's Pretty in Black.
Yes, overall, the Raveonettes' songs still have a tendency to sound quite alike, but that retro, late-'50s/early '60s guitar work... those slick, disassociated, I couldn't-care-less-if-you-love-me-or-loathe-me vocal harmonies... the stripped yet cinematic production style... all of these things add up to a tight blast of garage rock by way of Ennio Morricone that's just right for the summer driving season (if you can afford the gas).
"Here Comes Mary"/The Raveonettes [from the LP Pretty in Black, 2005]
Here Comes Mary-mp3 [left-click]
"That Great Love Sound/The Raveonettes [from the LP The Chain Gang of Love, 2003]
That Great Love Sound-mp3 [left-click]
"Do You Believe Her"/The Raveonettes [from the LP Whip It On, 2002]
Do You Believe Her-mp3 [left-click]
[Also, Torr tells us that the Raveonettes will be playing the Carson Daly show tonight/Wednesday morning.]