The Raveonettes, “Junko Ozawa” (self-released, 4/29/16)
We’ve been fans of The Raveonettes for ages – they had us at “Attack of the Ghost Riders” and we’ve never let go. “Junko Ozawa” is both the band’s latest release and the April installment of their “Rave-Sound-of-the-Month” club, which sees the band releasing new material, well, monthly (Ed – cheers, Capt. Obvi). This one’s named in honor of a noted Japanese video game music composer. That’s her picture, above; the official, lyric video is below.
“Junko” represents a potent marriage of the JAMC-meets-Eddie-Cochran sound of their earlier material and the newer, sleeker noir/shoegaze/surf (shurfnoir?) dance party of their more recent output. The track features a tight, minimalist electronic sound paired with blips, bleeps and bloops suitable for one of its eponym’s games. Sune Rose Wagner’s treated, helium vocals – which sound a bit like Prince in his “Camille” days – begin unfettered, then are gradually weighed down by static and other distortive noises, as he sings “the friends I lost/were never meant to be”. Game over.
“Junko” is my joint favorite of the four monthly tracks released by the band thus far, together with January’s icily beautiful, 808 inflected, “This World Is Empty (Without You)” – don’t make me choose! Check that one out, here.
Happily, The Raveonettes singles club for the 21st century project looks to be turning into a full-blown full-length. Head over to the band’s Pledgemusic page for more info. Rave on.
Follow along with the band, and sign up to receive monthly ‘sounds’, on their website.