Pe'ahi" is an extremely promising album from its conception: The Raveonettes try to combine Californian surf music with Doo-Wop borrowings, powerpop and skater aesthetics. The whole thing is packed into a sound that sometimes sounds as if the band is enclosed under a glass bell. You can like that, but you can also find it a little exhausting, because the melodies are not given as much room as they might have deserved. Now the surplus use of Hall is part of every surf music that is worth its salt, and if you already name your album after a surf spot in Hawaii, you have to contribute your own part to it and also do justice to it sound technically. Especially when you, like Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, actually come from Denmark and had to work your way through this original American sound via garage rock. "Pe'ahi" is a fun album with no deeper message, performed by a band that has studied the history of music carefully and presents the results of their research here.
Top track: Sisters