Just a year after releasing the full-length album Raven in the Grave, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo — the Danish musicians behind The Raveonettes — are back with yet another shimmering noise-pop record. Observator is out today, and includes the gorgeous cut "The Enemy."
The song's ringing guitars, vaporous harmonies and simple beats recall the gentler moments of The Jesus and Mary Chain, with the reflective, sweet melodies of classic Velvet Underground.
For the video accompanying "The Enemy," Wagner and Foo told us via email that they turned to Australian director Imogen Prado because of her gift for digital psychedelia.
"It's poetic and slightly unsettling at the same time. We wanted the images for 'The Enemy' to create a bit of a juxtaposition to the sweet, poppy quality of the song. Something more abstract. It's very exciting to work with young, up-and-coming artists like Imogen. We believe in her as an artist and look forward to following her career."
Director Imogen Prado:
"My style of editing, using an array of my own stock footage of anything from plastic glitter spiders to trains and roses, worked well visually with the song. I love playing with different mediums of footage — especially Super 8, because of the wonderful grain and the fantastic colors. It was easy to synthesize my visual aesthetic of swirling colors with footage I took of Sharin and Sune."
The Raveonettes recorded Observator at the legendary Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles, in the space where The Doors' classic albums were recorded.