Free Music Friday! Rainy day indie rock from The Raveonettes

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When making a new album, The Raveonettes put themselves in a different state of mind ... and body.

"When you start to record a new album, people always ask you what you think it will sound like," wrote Sune Rose Wagner, who with Sharin Woo, makes up The Raveonettes, a New York-based duo with roots in Denmark.

"It’s almost impossible to talk about music that doesn’t exist, but when we started to work on our sixth album late last year, I thought for once that I had a pretty good idea," he wrote on his record company website. "Simply put, 'Observator' was supposed to be our Los Angeles album. At least, that’s what I imagined it to be in my head. As much as I love New York and feel almost constantly inspired by the noise and confusion here, the allure of the West Coast has always loomed large for The Raveonettes."

As the songs developed, though, the album wasn't sounding much like the Beach Boys. Instead, something a bit more dark came together. New York would let go so easily, it seemed.

"As it turned out, LA did find its way on the album," Wagner wrote. "To record 'Observator,' Sharin and I went into the legendary Sunset Sound Studios, where the Doors recorded a lot of their classic albums. It was there that a new dimension to the Raveonettes began to develop. The song "Observations" is very important in that respect; it’s the first time we’ve ever used the piano and what a glorious, gloomy sound it makes. We knew immediately that it was something we needed to expand on ..."

"Observator" is scheduled to be release Sept. 11. Today's free track, "She Owns The Streets" is from that disc.

Download the song here:

"She Owns The Streets" by The Raveonettes

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What follows is part of a press release about the band's forthcoming album.

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The Raveonettes are excited to premiere their first single "She Owns The Streets" - from their upcoming album "Observator" out September 11th on Vice Records - on Pitchfork. 

Check it out here: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/13849-she-owns-the-streets/ 

Inspired by their surroundings, The Raveonettes have always been able to capture the experiences and emotions of every day life. "She Owns The Streets" is a perfect example of this.

Songwriter Sune Rose Wagner says, "The real people I'd met and experiences I had over the last year in NY and Venice, CA all bled into these new songs. 'She Owns The Streets' for example is about a New York City street dancer. I've noticed her before dancing wildly on Bowery, running crazily in the street among the cabs and horrified passers-by. A friend of mine introduced me to her and we struck up a friendship. In 20 minutes I had written a song about the pleasures and pitfalls of being perceived as either a drug-crazed girl or an insane individual, simply because she dares to defy the laws of civility and conformity. Isolation can be a wonderful thing, but it doesn't afford you this kind of inspiration."

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Tour Dates (more to be announced):

 

August 4                         Osheaga Music and Arts Festival    Montreal, QC

September 21               Hawthorne Theatre                             Portland, OR

September 22               Neumo's                                                  Seattle, WA

September 23               Venue                                                       Vancouver, BC

September 26               Triple Rock                                               Minneapolis, MN

September 27               Lincoln Hall                                              Chicago, IL

September 28               The Firebird                                            St. Louis, MO

September 29               A&R Bar                                                    Columbus, OH

September 30               Magic Stick                                              Detroit, MI

October 2                        Phoenix Concert Theatre                   Toronto, ON

October 3                        Corona Theatre                                     Montreal, QC

October 4                        Union Transfer                                      Philadelphia, PA

October 5                        Webster Hall                                          New York, NY

October 6                        Black Cat                                                Washington, DC

October 7                        Paradise Rock Club                              Boston, MA

October 8                        El Rey Theatre                                        Los Angeles, CA

October 11                      Belly Up Tavern                                    Solana Beach, CA

October 12                      Bimbos 365 Club                                 San Francisco, CA     

    

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