Published Dec 02, 2008The Raveonettes like Christmas, we know this. Back in 2003, they followed up their debut album, Chain Gang of Love, with a double A-side single called "Heartbreak Stroll" and "The Christmas Song," perhaps one of the most unassuming holiday songs ever recorded.
This summer, the duo (Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo) announced a series of digital-only EPs that began with a possible look at what's to come for the future. The first was a an EP of remixes, which was then followed up by two more of brand new originals featuring a strong fondness for programmed drumming.
Now a fourth and final EP has recently dropped, not only putting a big ol' exclamation point on this experiment of theirs but also making it a nice addition to the annual glut of holiday music.
The first track is, no surprise, a cover from Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift For You, an obvious favourite of theirs (and Bono and Bon Jovi and Joey Ramone and Death Cab For Cutie and New Bomb Turks and er, Smash Mouth). Originally performed by Darlene Love, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is a snowy production that's overwhelmed by bleeding synths, processed guitars and an amped beat.
Again, they beef up the beat for "Come On Santa" with a hefty one that could back someone like Dizzee Rascal, although, the Raveonettes' hazy performance gives it refreshing contrast. "Christmas Ghosts" is as otherworldly as its title suggests, utilizing Spector's tambourine-heavy rhythm section amongst the obligatory vibes. And then there's the oddly named "Christmas in Cleveland," another droning downer wrapped in a blanket of reverb that's much more beautiful than the city it's named after.
You can buy Wishing You A Rave Christmas at all of the usual digital retailers, but I recommend Amazon, only because it's offering a bonus track, "Forever In Your Arms."
The Raveonettes "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
The Raveonettes "Come On Santa"