The Raveonettes rave on as usual on new EP Into the Night
The four tracks sound a bit like B-sides from last year's full-length Raven in the Grave, but that's not to say that they aren't as engaging. The first descending guitar notes lead you into a underground of sound grown thick with fuzz, from which shadowy noise pop and Sune Rose Wagner's and Sharin Foo's androgynous harmonies echo.
Their lyrics, always a highlight (despite their dark tendencies), are still that great balance of self-aware humour and teenage-blind emotion: "Oh heartbreak, I hate you," or, "Do you care if I die? Do you care if I die?"
The Spector-haunted indie-rock thing has been de rigueur for much of this decade, so it can be hard for a band to liven that Ray-Ban-wearing skeleton without coming off trite. However, the Raves accomplish this with their every release, including Into the Night.
Experimentation is a double-edged sword: Repetition gets boring, but fixing a formula that ain't broke can be fatally stupid as well. The Raveonettes have always understood this, and they evolve just enough to survive, to keep listeners coming back for more, but not so much that they lose what made them and their hits ("Attack of the Ghost Riders", "Last Dance") irresistible in the first place.
After all, the music that influences the band—chordally simple '50's rock'n'roll and girl and boy groups from the '60's—hasn't "gotten old" in all this time. Some of it has even bettered with age.
If you agree, pick up the Raveonettes' latest. Their modern take on these classic points of reference might finally give you something new to tap your saddleshoes to.
Into the Night became available to buy on Tuesday, but you can listen to it at the AOL livestream.