Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “She Owns The Streets” by The Raveonettes from the forthcoming album Observator on Vice.
Opening with an enchantingly distant and repeating chord progression, “She Owns The Streets” is highly reminiscent of The Velvet Underground, which is not an uncommon comparison for the Danish duo known for combining atmospheric instrumentals with 60′s inspired songwriting. Their music is a reminder that noise is not contrary to simplicity, that eccentric sounds can still work without complicating the song, blending the cutting edge with the traditional in a way that’s enjoyable without sounding like a Frankenstein of a song. “She Owns The Streets” is no exception, subtly morphing from a relaxed throwback to a slightly disturbed, but no less beautiful, song with each soft refrain of “She is dancing in the street.”
After the new album is released on September 11, The Raveonettes will start touring in earnest and hit Neumos in Seattle on Saturday, September 22. Check their website and Facebook page for more information. For now, give a listen to “Observations,” the first single from Observator, below: