Single Review – The Raveonettes – Excuses

With the third instalment of their Rave of the Month album, for March we get ‘Excuses’. Operating in the middle ground between the electronic and lo-fi elements of the previous two singles, here with a divergent track moving from sound to sound in a obtuse, yet smooth fashion. The echoed riffs and percussion of a dark Surf Rock track descend towards their buzzing, lo-fi sound. This reaches a vocal peak however before leading into a rhythmic and almost classic hip hop beat of the chorus. The song smooths over the changes with an uneasy atmospheric quality which they achieve by having whirring electronica as a constant. Lyrically they continue to relate romantic pitfalls with war imagery in a fashion as brazen as their sound. A great track.

Owen Riddle